Cairo – City of Pyramids
Cairo the capital city of Egypt whose official name is al-Qahirah is one of the most densely populated cities in the world. Located in northern Egypt along the river Cairo attracts lot of visitors from all over the world. The main attractions in Cairo are Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx, Egyptian Museum, Citadel, Al-Azhar Mosque, The Coptic Museum, the "Hanging Church", Pharaonic Village, Abdeen Palace etc. In Cairo one can find art galleries and music halls, such as the Cairo Opera House. Explore the pyramids and the spectacular Sphinx, the largest monolith statue in the world. Cheap flights to Cairo are available, with a varied selection of airlines from various locations across the world. Cairo Airport is about twenty five miles from the city. The best time to visit Cairo is during November and March. Plan a trip to Cairo and book tickets online. Here is the list of top 10 attractions that you shouldn’t miss:
- Opera House: One of the great Opera Houses of the world, the greatest singers, conductors, orchestras and dancers love to perform here. The Opera House complex is a stunning jewel of postmodernist architecture incorporating Islamic and Pharaonic motifs.
- Egyptian Museum: In 1858, a museum was prepared at Boulaq, its contents collected by the French archeologist August Mariette. In 1880, the contents of the Boulaq museum was transferred to an annex of the Giza palace of Ismail pasha, the ruler of Egypt. The present museum was built in 1900, in the neo-classical style by the French architect Marcel Dourgnon.
- Pyramids: The Pyramids, those supreme monuments of antiquity.The Pyramids' baleful mass and the seething immensity of Cairo, with its bazaars, mosques and Citadel, and extraordinary Antiquities Museum. Both archetypes still resonate and in monumental terms are symbolized by two dramatic landmarks: First one the Pyramids of Giza at the edge of the Western Desert .
- Salah El Deen Citadel: One of the highest areas in Cairo, a perfect place for a Citadel! It’s called: Qal’et El-Gabal (Citadel of The Mountain) or Citadel of Salah El-Deen Al-Ayouby. It’s about 800 years old, but still firm and grand. It dominated the landscape for many centuries.
- Al-Refa'i Mosque: It was built in pseudo-Mameluke style in 1869 and now contains the tombs of Sheikh Ali Rifai, a Sufi holy man in 1912. It also contains the tombs of King Fouad, his mother, King Farouk and the last Shah of Iran.
- Cairo Tower: This 187m-high slender tower on an island in the Nile offers spectacular views of Cairo. Its concrete lattice work with a fluted lotus flower finial is unique, but makes the tower look somewhat like an elongated rubbish bin.
- Greek Monastery in Old Cairo: The Christian East, Saint George is undoubtedly the most popular warrior-saint, and in the Coptic churches of Cairo there are now more than twenty relics of the equestrian saint. Scholars believe that around the fourteenth century this theme was a transferal from the biography of St. Theodore Stratelates to Saint George.
- Pyramids Sound & Light: The dazzling light show and awe-inspiring backdrop of the Sphinx and Pyramids surely will impress you. Three times a night in three different languages, the Sphinx plays the role of storyteller, narrating the history of ancient Egypt. Shows are held in English, French, Spanish, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Arabic.
- Nile River: The longest river in the world, stretching north for approximately 4,000 miles from East Africa to the Mediterranean. Studies have shown that the River gradually changed its location and size over decades of years. The Nile flows from the mountains in the south to the Mediterranean in the north.
- Sphinx: It is majestic and haunting as the Great Sphinx. It was named as such by the Greeks, because of its physical similarity to a mythical creature with a lion's body and woman's head who devoured passers-by unable to answer her riddle. Carved out of a limestone outcropping in front of the Giza Pyramids, the Sphinx is 50 meters long and 22 meters high.
This city offers more than the expected, plan your travel today.
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