Bursting with a large population, vigor and noise, Cairo, Egypt’s capital and the Arab world’s largest city, is a city where you can still discover a rich history that stretches millennia. Cairo is synonymous with ancient Egypt as the famous Giza pyramid complex and Memphis’ ancient city are situated in its geographical location near the Nile Delta.
Some of the best places to visit are:
THE GREAT PYRAMID
The Great Pyramid and the Khafre Pyramid which are among the largest pyramids constructed in ancient Egypt. They were traditionally popular as emblems of Ancient Egypt. The Giza Pyramids is a popular sightseeing experience for tourists and remains a top choice for visitors. Giza’s Pyramids was built around 2580 – 2560 BC. The inside of the Great Pyramid can be explored where you can find a tomb chamber amongst other symbols of ancient history..
THE SOLAR BOAT MUSEUM
The lion-bodied and pharaoh-faced Sphinx regarded, as the guardian of these mortuary temples is one of the most famous monuments of the ancient world. Another is The Khufu ship, an ancient Egyptian solar ship and boat pit is found in several ancient Egyptian sites. This ship which could be a ceremonial vessel is preserved in the Giza Solar Boat Museum close to the Great Pyramid at Giza.
OLD CAIRO (COPTIC CAIRO)
This narrow cluster of twisty laneways, packed with churches, lies inside the walls of Old Babylon where the Roman Emperor Trajan first built a fortress along the Nile. The main street also presides over parts of the Roman walls.
Here, the Coptic Museum holds a wealth of knowledge on Egypt’s early Christian period and is home to one of Egypt ‘s finest Coptic art collections. The Hanging Church of the 9th century, next door, has some magnificent examples of Coptic architecture. The church founded in the 4th century, was originally constructed over the towers of the Roman gate (hence the name) and was renovated extensively during the 9th century.
However, for many Christian tourists, the true highlight of this visit is the place where tradition claims Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus sheltered during King Herod’s massacre of babies. Also, you will find the spot where the baby Moses was found among the reeds at Ben Ezra synagogue.
Whilst you’re in Cairo, don’t forget to take a camel ride as this is an unmistakable activity in the city. There’s a camel private ride to Giza Pyramids. This includes pick-up and drop-off at your hotel room with a camel guide and some snacks.
Take advantage of flights to Cairo via Egypt Air from Lagos and Abuja.
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