CAIRO – 6 July 2021: 1049 years have passed since the establishment of Egypt’s capital, Cairo. Throughout the years, Cairo's features changed; its ancient streets became crowded, and modern architecture overshadowed the beauty of its Islamic architecture.
However, the Cairo of Al-Muizz Li-Din Allah Al-Fatimi remains captivating to its lovers and compelling to its enemies over the centuries.
Cairo Governorate celebrates, on July 6 of each year, its National Day, which coincides with the completion of the construction of Cairo by the leader, Jawhar al-Siqali, and despite the passage of 1049 years since its establishment, its richness is unparalleled. This made Cairo join the Creative Cities Network at UNESCO.
Best tourist destinations in Cairo:
Salah El-Din El-Ayyubi Citadel:
One of the most important tourist spots, located in the Al-Khalifa neighborhood. The citadel is surrounded by many ancient mosques, dating back to the eras of the Fatimids, Ayyubids and Mamluks.
The Egyptian Museum in Tahrir:
It is the most famous among the tourist areas in Cairo as it is one of the oldest museums in the world. It is located in Tahrir Square, in the center of the capital. The museum consists of two floors that houses more than 160,000 rare artifacts, including Pharaonic mummies.
Oum Kalthoum Museum:
Oum Kalthoum Museum was built on an area of 250 square meters. It contains many of her possessions, such as her clothes, necklaces, and the souvenirs presented to her. The museum is frequented by her fans from all over the Arab world and Middle East.
The Coptic Museum:
The museum is located in Misr al-Kadima District, within the boundaries of the Fortress of Babylon, whose remains are located behind the museum. It is considered one of the tourist areas in Cairo, and the number of its holdings is about 16,000. The Coptic Museum is the largest museum in the world dedicated for the antiquities of Egypt during the Coptic period.
One of the most important tourist attractions in Cairo. It enjoys a great tourist attention, due to its many shops, popular restaurants, and its countless bazars. It is also one of the places that was and still is a source of inspiration for writers in Egypt and the Arab world, such as late Naguib Mahfouz.
It is located in the western district of Cairo, and reaches a height of 187 meters. Its height exceeds that of the largest of the Pyramids of Giza. At its top, it includes a unique restaurant, which is located on a revolving platform, which makes it rotate to provide visitors with a comprehensive view of the tourist areas in Cairo.
The Egyptian Opera House:
Egypt’s Opera House was inaugurated in 1988. The new building of the opera was built as a grant from the Japanese government to its Egyptian counterpart. The opera building includes many cultural and entertainment centers, museums that every visitor to Cairo can enjoy.
Mohammad Ali Mosque:
It is a mosque built in the Ottoman style. It is one of the most important tourist places in the ancient city. It was built in the style of the Hagia Sophia Mosque in Istanbul. It was built by Mohammad Ali Pasha inside the Citadel of Salah al-Din in the Egyptian capital, Cairo, between the period from 1830 to 1848.
It was initially known as Ismailia Square, named after Khedive Ismail. Then it was called Tahrir Square, in reference to Egypt's liberation from colonialism in the 1919 revolution. The square is considered one of the best tourist places in Cairo as it is surrounded by restaurants, cafes and shops. The square is also adjacent to the Egyptian Museum and is overlooked by some of the best hotels in Cairo.