Published on April 26th, 2021
Cairo is one of the megacities in the world that draws more tourists to Egypt than any other part of the country.
Thanks to its vast mix of many diverse cultures, from Coptic art to Islamic-style culture that makes you unfold the city like a beautiful story out of “1001 Arabian Nights”.
If you are in Riyadh and wish to visit Cairo, the capital city of Egypt, you can book flight from Riyadh to Cairo, and marvel at charming Egypt, land of adventure.
Once you reach Cairo, you can make your hotel reservation, and start checking out the best places to visit in this buzzing city with our list of the 17 Top-Rated Tourist Attractions:
1. Pyramids Of Giza
The Pyramids of Giza is an absolute must-see attraction in all of the world, which is listed as one of the 7 Wonders of the Ancient World.
These amazing three pyramids were royal tombs built for three different pharaohs, attracting millions of visitors each year.
You can understand the beliefs and customs of ancient Egyptians, including the mystery behind the idea of mummification.
2. The Egyptian Museum
Visiting The Egyptian museum, the centerpiece of Tahrir Square, will be one of the highlights of your trip to Egypt. It consists of two floors that house more than 120,000 artifacts, along with some of the world’s greatest ancient relics.
3. Museum of Islamic Art
The Museum of Islamic Art in Cairo boasts an extraordinary collection of rare woodwork and plaster artifacts, along with metal, ceramic, glass, crystal, and textile objects of all periods, from all over the Islamic world.
Its 4,500 displayed artifacts are spread out between 25 individual halls.
The museum is also home to a significantly rare collection of manuscripts of the Qur’an, written with very gorgeous calligraphy with silver ink.
4. Coptic Museum
The Coptic Museum that is located in Coptic Cairo was founded in 1908 by Marcus Simaika to house Coptic antiquities. It exhibits the largest collection of Coptic Christian artifacts in the world.
5. Manial Palace
The museum reveals an important period in the history of modern Egypt. Its architectural design is unique as it blends the Islamic style with other artistic schools such as the Mamluk school.
It holds some levant, Moroccan and Andalusian motifs, and reflects the Persian, and Ottoman spirits.
6. Aisha Fahmy Palace
The palace was built in 1907 by the Nile River in Zamalek and designed by Italian architect Antonio Lasciac in a stunning, classic European style.
The mansion’s grand salons are planned to be used as a gallery, with a program of temporary exhibitions.
7. Baron Palace
The Baron Empain Palace that is known as Le Palais Hindou, is a unique and historic Hindu temple-inspired mansion in Heliopolis, Cairo.
It was established between 1907 and 1911, designed by an architect named Alexandre Marcel, and decorated by Georges-Louis Claude.
8. Cairo Tower
The 187-meter-high Cairo Tower was built in 1961 by President Nasser. It stands in the Gezira district on Gezira Island in the River Nile, close to downtown Cairo.
The tower’s design was inspired by Ancient Egyptian Architecture, and its partially open lattice-work design is aimed to evoke a pharaonic lotus plant, an iconic symbol of Ancient Egypt.
9. Khan Al-Khalili
Khan el-Khalili bazaar is a labyrinthine collection of skinny alleyways established as a center of trade in AD 1400 during the Mamluk era, and named for one of its several historic caravanserais.
This bazaar houses many Egyptian artisans and workshops involved in the production of traditional crafts and souvenirs.
10. Cairo Citadel
The Citadel of Cairo or the Citadel of Saladin is a medieval Islamic-era fortification that is situated in the Mokattam Hills area which is the highest point in Cairo.
It was built by Salah ad-Din in the 12th century. It was the seat of government in Egypt and the residence of its rulers for nearly 700 years.
11. Bab Zuweila
Bab Zuweila, which was also known as Bawabbat al-Mitwali during the Ottoman period, is the last remaining southern portal from the walls of the Fatimid Cairo.
It has two magnificently adorned minarets of the nearby Mosque of Sultan al-Mu’ayyad.
12. Ibn Tulun Mosque
The Mosque of Ibn Tulun is considered the second-oldest mosque extant in Egypt and the largest mosque in terms of land area.
It was built by Ibn Tulun between 876 AD & 879 Ad, who was the governor of Al Fustat in the 9th Century by the Abbasid Caliph of Baghdad.
13. Al Azhar Mosque
Al Azhar is an Egyptian mosque in Islamic Cairo, that was founded in AD 970 as the centerpiece of Fatimid city.
This building’s design is a result of a consistent mix of architectural styles, after many expansions over more than 1000 years.
14. Hanging Church
This church, also known as Saint Virgin Mary’s Coptic Orthodox Church, is one of the oldest churches in Egypt, which history dates to the third century.
It is called “the hanging church” as it is suspended over the Water Gate of Roman Babylon.
It holds 110 icons, including a series illustrating the life and torture of St George, along with the life of St John the Baptist, and a very sacred painting of the Virgin Mary otherwise known as the Coptic ‘Mona Lisa’.
15. Pharaonic Village
The village is situated at Giza, only a few kilometers from downtown Cairo. It was originally built to take you on a fantastic journey to the days of the pharaohs, with the assistance of a group of actors and actresses recreating the old Pharaohs’ lifestyle.
16. Cairo Opera House
The Cairo Opera House that is considered as part of Cairo’s National Cultural Centre, is situated in the Zamalek district near downtown Cairo.
It is the main performing arts venue in Cairo, which construction began in May 1985 and was inaugurated on 10 October 1988.
17. Qalawun Complex
The Qalawun complex is a massive complex located at Bayn al-Qasrayn on al-Mu’izz street in Cairo. It was built by Sultan al-Mansur Qalawun in 1284–1285 over the ruins of the Fatimid Palace of Cairo.
For years, it has been a hub for important Islamic ceremonies and rituals, extending from the Mamluk dynasty to the Ottoman Empire.
Easy Day Trips From Cairo
Enjoy Sandboarding In Al-Fayoum
Located 90 kilometres from Cairo, Fayoum is one of the country’s several oases and the nearest to the capital. It is generally known for its astonishing and wide sand dunes.
Visitors can experience sandboarding on these dunes while reveling in the fantastic view of Magic Lake.
You can also enjoy Fayoum for many other reasons, like ancient monuments, Wadi El Rayan’s waterfalls, village of Tunis, Lake Qarun, and the ruins of Medinet Madi.
Soak In The Surf Ain Al Sokhna
Just about 130km away from Cairo, and an hour and a half drive, Ain Al Sokhna is one of Egypt’s most tranquil destinations. It is known for its steady smooth sea, soft sandy beaches, and mountains overlooking the water.
Also, Ain El Sokhna is a water-sport destination with year-round sunshine, it offers plenty of activities, such as snorkeling, diving, sailing, windsurfing, and kitesurfing Add on to these activities, you can rent a boat when you arrive at the harbor, and have a boat tour while fishing in the middle of the Red Sea.
Eat Delicious Fish In Ismailia
The city of Ismailia is just a short distance from Cairo that is found in the west bank of the Suez Canal.
It is mostly known for its incredibly delicious, fresh and cheap fish. You can find by its promenade, many restaurants placing piles of fish on display to choose from.
Ismailia also boasts the prominent Ismailia Museum, which includes over 4,000 antiques that date back to the Pharaonic and Greco-Roman times.
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