We are in the largest city in Africa, near the delta of the Nile: Cairo, capital of astonishing beauty. Tourists will find there, besides, the ancient Egyptian culture around the world looking for, apart from a Muslim city with its souks, its minarets (over 1,000) and their odors. Moreover, Cairo was discovered as a modern city in its western area, with over 20 million people are mixed in their chaotic streets, where the visitor feels in imminent danger of his seemingly uncontrolled traffic without traffic lights, no signals Only the horn to alert cars to cross the street can be an adventure. A live strong emotion is very easy in the land of the Pharaohs.
We began to know this city at the Citadel, which was built by Saladin in 1176 and continued growing and changing with the Mamluk and Ottoman sultans, was not finished until the early nineteenth century, when Mohamed Ali, to express their strength, and inspired by Hagia Sophia in Constantinople, built this monument covered entirely of alabaster, which now dominates the skyline. Cairo thence extends to the feet of his visitor, you’ll see a city mired in chaos and pollution, but so beautiful that the ascent will be worthwhile. Además, desde la Ciudadela también se puede contemplar la Ciudad de los Muertos: entre sus tumbas, cúpulas y mausoleos, han construido sus casas los más pobres y ahora se mezcla allí la muerte milenaria con la vida más palpitante.
We must not forget the pyramids, real purpose of the journey to Cairo and one of the seven wonders of the world, which was erected before our eyes makes us feel small, not only physically, but because of an awareness of what should be advanced culture that was lost and set up wonders such dimensions. Cheops, Kefren and Micerinos, three huge guarded by the Sphinx, in the form of lion and human head, which was once covered by sand of the desert because of a bad dream of Pharaoh Tutmosis IV. Of the pyramids is little to be said, have filled pages and books with their excellences, it is preferable to focus on other more unknown gems of this great city.
A stop on the walk:
More than 5,000 cafes filled the streets of Cairo and give a different touch to this city, which is lost in the tumult. One of the most important is Al Fishawi, located in the souk to Jan Jalili, with its walls full of mirrors of carved wood and has a very special charm, where you can enjoy a coffee and a sweet, accompanied by a large water pipe.
After a good coffee at Al Fishawi is bound tour the souk, the largest city and most visited. Previously, the Turks would gather there to sell their possessions and goods. It’s incredible color and smell that emerges from this bustling market where you can find everything.
Millennial art at the heart of a modern metropolis:
At the heart of the city we met Tahir-Midan Square, where stands the Egyptian Museum where you will enjoy the largest collection of Egyptian art that our eyes have seen, especially on the second floor, dedicated to the tomb of Tutankhamon . A museum that clashes with your site, because there cannot traverse streets seem to belong to the old city, but a modern city with high skyscrapers, department stores, luxury hotels and comfortable villas along the Nile.
We cannot leave this city without visiting the oldest mosque in Cairo, Ibn Tulum, which is an original in a spiral minaret, inside this mosque can know the luxury oriental. Another mosque we will dazzle Sultan Hassan, admirable testimony to the Mamelukes, which was built between 1356 and 1362. A building that consists of a meter high lookout de86, located directly across from the Citadel.
Just where we started our journey, but we have not seen or about half of what there is to see in Cairo, this city is inexhaustible, and even ahead Coptic Museum, the Museum of Islamic Art and other pyramids which although not as famous as those of Giza, always worth a visit.
And finally, we move away from this interesting city with the dissatisfaction of not having seen it all. This is impossible, never has been in Cairo, lives there every day and surprising archaeological discoveries are common in the land of the Pharaohs. We said goodbye to the vision of the Cairo Tower, a symbol of the modern city with a height of 187 meters from where last seen this beautiful, but strange city.
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