One of Cairo's major attractions, the massive Citadel complex dominates the city skyline. Built on a limestone spur by ... More
One of Cairo's major attractions, the massive Citadel complex dominates the city skyline. Built on a limestone spur by Salah al-Din (Saladin) in the 12th Century, most of its features are associated with Mohammed Ali, the early 19th-century leader who freed Egypt of the Mameluke yoke. The Citadel offers fantastic panoramic views of Islamic Cairo in a castle setting rich in history. Perhaps its most famous tale is of Mohammed Ali inviting 470 Mameluke leaders to a feast in the Citadel palace, only to have them trapped in a narrow passageway upon leaving and slaughtered by his men. Legend says only one Mameluke escaped by leaping the walls on his horse. Within the Citadel complex are the following attractions: Al-Gawhara (Jewel) Palace, Mohammed Ali Mosque, Police Museum, Sultan Al-Nasir Mosque, Military Museum, Carriage Museum, Archaeological Museum, Suleyman Pasha Mosque and Bab el-Azab.
there was like geese flying around and ducks in this place i also thought the brown statue of all the disney characters wus dumb we could see that anywhere but in cario we are supposed to see cool stuff
i live in cairo, so i have plenty of time. but if you're only there visiting, don't miss out on the other stuff to go to the citadel. its nice, but it shouldn't be on the priority list. on a clear day, you can get a good view of part of the city. don't waste money on a guide...
no tank tops or mid-drifts ladies, it's a mosque.
This was not included in our tour and we took an afternoon and went on our own and I'm so glad we did.
We hooked up with a local guide while we were there who gave us a private tour for $30 US. Not only did we go to the old palace, climb the walls of the Citadel, but got a tour of both the Mohammed Ali Mosque and Saloman (sp?) Mosque and tomb. Don't miss the second, mostly unvisited mosque - it is one of the oldest Turkish style mosques in Egypt.
Really really enjoyed our afternoon here.
Dedicated to and named after the granddaughter of the Prophet Mohammed, this large mosque was renovated many times over the
centuries and is distinguished by its tin dome. Sayeda Zeinab sought refuge in Egypt after the Ummayads slew her ...
Founded in 1858 by French archeologist Auguste Mariette (whose tomb is in the museum's garden), the giant salmon colored building
was built in 1902 under Khedive Abbas II Helmi. Housing one of the world's greatest collections of Egyptian artifacts, ...
Hilton Ramses is a high rise hotel set on the Nile's east bank, next to a shopping and cinema complex,
and approximately 15 miles from Cairo International Airport. This location is also next door to the Egyptian Museum, half ...
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