Old Cairo Walking Tour, Cairo

Old Cairo Walking Tour, Cairo

Old Cairo is called so because it is the ancient part of Cairo, and predates what is now called Cairo. Some Egyptologists think that there was a settlement here as far back as the 6th century BC. The Romans constructed a tower here named Babylon. Later, it became a Christian stronghold, with as many as 20 churches erected within a surface of one square mile. Take this walking tour to find out more about some of the most famous museums in Old Cairo.
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Old Cairo Walking Tour Map

Guide Name: Old Cairo Walking Tour
Guide Location: Egypt » Cairo (See other walking tours in Cairo)
Guide Type: Self-guided Walking Tour (Sightseeing)
# of Attractions: 8
Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 1.5 km
Author: felicity
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Ben Ezra Synagogue

1) Ben Ezra Synagogue

The Ben Ezra Synagogue is the oldest Jewish place of worship in Cairo. The land was bought by Rabbi Ben Ezra of Jerusalem to build the synagogue and it was named after him.

Two legends exist about the location of the Ben Ezra Synagogue. Some believe that it was the place where baby Moses was found safe in the midst of bulrushes. The other legend says that it was here that the prophet Jeremiah regrouped the Jewish people after they were expelled from Jerusalem. In 1896, a collection of...   view more
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The Hanging Church

2) The Hanging Church (must see)

The Hanging Church gets its name because it is located above an old Roman Gatehouse in Cairo. Its nave hangs over a passage. The real name of the Church is Sitt Mariam or St. Mary’s Church.

The Hanging Church is the best known Coptic Church in Cairo. The Coptic church is one of the early Eastern Orthodox Churches which once had its seat in Alexandria. Today, the Hanging Church is the official residence of the Coptic Pope. It was built in the 7th century and it is believed that there were...   view more
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The Church of Saints Sergius and Bacchus

3) The Church of Saints Sergius and Bacchus

The Church of Saints Sergius and Bacchus also called the Abu Serga is the oldest Coptic place of worship in Cairo. It is dedicated to two soldier saints from Syria. They were martyred during the reign of the Roman Emperor Maximilian.

The location of The Church of Saints Sergius and Bacchus is where the Holy family is said to have rested while fleeing from the oppressive rule of King Herod to Egypt. It is said that they lived here while Joseph worked in the nearby fortress. The church dates...   view more
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Babylon Fortress

4) Babylon Fortress

The Babylon Fortress is often called the birthplace of Cairo. It is the oldest part of the city and dates back to the Bronze Age.

The Babylon Fortress gets its name from Babylon in Mesopotamia. It is believed that the area was once ruled by the Mesopotamian King, Nebuchadnezzar. It was later the site where the Roman Emperor Trajan placed his legions to subjugate the people of Egypt. At the time it marked the boundary between Middle and Lower Egypt. Today it is part of Coptic Cairo where the...   view more
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The Greek Church of St. George

5) The Greek Church of St. George

The Greek Church of St. George is a large round church located in the Babylon Fortress of Cairo. It is the seat of the Greek Patriarch of Alexandria.

The Greek Church of St. George was built in 684 by a wealthy scribe called Athanasius. The present structure was built in 1904. It is connected to the nearby monastery of St. George. It is believed that St. George was imprisoned and martyred near the church. It was a Coptic church until the 15th century when it became a Greek orthodox church.
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Old Coptic Cemetery of Cairo

6) Old Coptic Cemetery of Cairo (must see)

This beautiful and clean cemetery is one of the prettiest cemeteries in Egypt. The gravestones are gorgeous, decorated with statues of angels, saints, doves, crosses and the like. If you wish to be in the cemetery when a funeral is occurring, you can see the old Egyptian tradition of wailing at burials. These wailing women can be seen in pictures on the murals and bas-reliefs of the tombs of the ancient...   view more
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St. Shenuti Church

7) St. Shenuti Church

This church is devoted to St. Shenuti who is the most renowned of the Coptic saints. It was erected in the 7th Century, but has undergone many changes since. The church is 35m long, 15m wide and 15m high, and unusually the church floor is 2m below street level. The central iconostasis is wonderful red cedarwood inlaid with ivory and seven icons. There is a southern shrine devoted to Archangel...   view more
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Mosque of Amr Ibn el-As

8) Mosque of Amr Ibn el-As

The Mosque of Amr Ibn el-As is the first Mosque in Egypt and the African continent. It was built by the Arab general who conquered Egypt on the site where he pitched his tent. At the time, it was at the center of the Capital of Egypt called Fustat.

The Mosque of Amr Ibn el-As was constructed first in 642 AD. The tomb of his son, 'Abd Allah ibn 'Amr ibn al-'As is located at one corner of the building. Successive rulers and governors of Egypt expanded and rebuilt the Mosque and...   view more

Walking Tours in Cairo, Egypt

Souvenir Shopping

Souvenir Shopping

It would be a pity to leave Cairo without having explored its specialty shops and bringing home something truly original. We've compiled a list of gifts and souvenirs, which are unique to Cairo, that a visitor might like to purchase to reflect their visit.

Tour Duration: 1 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 2.2 km
Walking Tour Along Nile River

Walking Tour Along Nile River

For over five thousand years the Nile has been the lifeblood of Egypt and there's simply no better way to appreciate the wealth of Egyptian history, culture and architecture than on a Nile River cruise. Don’t miss the next list of the most popular attractions along the Nile.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.4 km
Cairo's Most Interesting Landmarks Tour

Cairo's Most Interesting Landmarks Tour

Cairo, Egypt, the Triumphant City, is one of the world's most sprawling urban areas and has many tourist attractions. Cairo has been for a long time a political and cultural center. Even before Cairo was founded, in the tenth century, the land integrating the present-day city was the site of national capitals whose vestiges remain noticeable in parts of Old Cairo. Check out the most popular landmarks in Cairo in the next self-guided tour.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.1 km
Cairo Museums Walking Tour Part I

Cairo Museums Walking Tour Part I

Cairo's museums are home to some of the finest Islamic art in the world. Long the seat of great dynasties, whose progeny patronized works of art, Cairo's status as one of the wealthiest and most inhabited cities of the medieval world is reflected in the exquisite arts that make up its museum collections, collections which were expanded in the twentieth century through the purchase of private repositories. Check out the list of Cairo museums in the following tour.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.6 km
Cairo Museums Walking Tour Part II

Cairo Museums Walking Tour Part II

Cairo the city of a thousand minarets, known as Al Qahira, is one of the world's biggest urban conglomerates. Cairo is home not only to over 14 million people, but also to the Great Pyramids of Giza, ancient temples, and graves, mosques, churches and markets. In Cairo one can find an impressive number of museums each of them unique in its way, having a rich history and interesting items to display. Take the following walk to discover the most renowned and prominent museums in Cairo.

Tour Duration: 3 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 7.2 km
Islamic Structures Walk in Cairo

Islamic Structures Walk in Cairo

The beautiful historical mosques of Cairo will impress any visitor. There is a significant variety of them here, dating from the earliest periods of Islam up to modern times. This walking tour will guide you through to the most remarkable Islamic structures in Cairo.

Tour Duration: 2 hour(s)
Travel Distance: 4.3 km

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