Cairo
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Cairo

Experience the thrill of visiting the ancient world when you choose to visit the city of Cairo. Here you can see the pyramids, immerse yourself in the Egyptian culture and delight in the open air markets. There is so much to see and do in this city that you should prepare an itinerary of the places you want to visit most. Depending on the amount of time you have to spend here, you can take in sights that you once saw in books.

 

Attractions

Cairo is a city with many historical and archaeological sites as well as museums. Some of the most visited sites of the city include:

The Sphinx

Location: Giza Pyramids Plateau
Open: 8:30am-4:30pm daily
Entry: Free

The Sphinx is carved out of a limestone outcropping in front of the Giza Pyramids. It measures 50 meters long and 22 meters high. The name comes from the Greeks because the carving resembled a mythical creature with the head of a woman that devoured anyone passing by that could not solve her riddle. In the Arab world, it is known as the Father of Terror. Archaeologists say that it dates back to the time of the fourth dynasty to the rule of Pharoah Khafre, but there are some that say it is older than that. Although you cannot climb the statue, there is a viewing platform through the granite mortuary temple.

 

Egyptian Museum

Location: Tahrir Square
Open: Daily 9 A.M. to 5 P.M.
Entry: LE12 ? about £2.50.

This museum was founded in 1858 and houses one of the most impressive collections of Egyptian artifacts in the country. There are more than 136,500 artifacts that pre-date Egytpian Islamic history. If you want to see everything, it would take you almost a year to get through this museum. Some of the must sees include the highlights of the age of the Pharoahs, the Amarna collection and the artifacts from King Tut?s Tomb.

Pyramids Sound and Light Show

Location: Giza Pyramids
Open: Winter: 6:30 pm, 7:30pm, 8:30 pm daily; summer: 8:30pm, 9:30pm, 10:30pm daily
Entry: 44EGP for foreign translation shows

This show takes place three times a night at the Pyramids in different languages. The Sphinx is portrayed as a storyteller and tells the story of ancient Egypt.

 

Coptic Museum

Location: Mar Girgis Street
Open: 8am-5pm daily
Entry: student admission of E£8 ($2.32 US). Camera and video privileges can be purchased for E£10 ($2.90 US) and E£100 ($29.00 US), respectively

This museum houses one of the largest collection of Coptic Christian artifacts. The exhibits are arranged in chronological order and there are Nubian paintings on the second floor. There are also impressive examples of paintings, textiles, wood carvings, ornaments, glass and jewellery at this site.

Cairo Tower

Location: Next to Al-Ahli Sporting Club
Open: 9am-midnight daily (winter); 9am-1am daily (summer)
Entry: EGP6.25 (EGP3.75 video camera)

You can get a spectacular view of the city of Cairo from this 187-meter high tower. It has a unique latticework with a flutes lotus flower finial and there is a revolving restaurant at the top.

Safety

Due to increased terrorist attacks directed at tourists, you do have to be constantly on guard when you are in Cairo. For the most part the city is safe, although there are pickpockets, so you should guard your money and valuables when you are in crowded areas.

 
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