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A date with Egypt: How to spend 24 hours in Cairo

A date with Egypt: How to spend 24 hours in Cairo
Written by See Africa Today

With a rich cultural heritage especially on Islam, Egypt’s capital, Cairo, gives a treat like no other with its sprawling, beautiful and enchanting architectural designs in the city.

Nonetheless, if you travelled all the way to Egypt and found yourself in Cairo, how would you spend a day in this glorious capital?

Below are some of the places you can visit

The Great Mosque of Muhammad Ali
Muhammad Ali Pasha in Cairo

Close up of the great mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha in Cairo, Egypt – Storyblocks Video

The towering mosque crowning the Citadel of Salah el-Din in Cairo was commissioned by Muhammad Ali Pasha between 1830 and 1848. It is also fondly referred to as the Alabaster Mosque

Its Ottoman architectural structure stills stun many.

There are several attractions here which include a military museum, Joseph’s Well, several other mosques and even a very interesting carriage museum.

The site is clearly a combination of military and government history but is also considered a religious site too

Visit Masr El-Adima (Old Cairo)
Old Cairo, Egypt

An aerial view of The Old Cairo – Swain Destinations

The town exudes a sense of artistry as it is home to Coptic and Jewish art. Most of the remains of Cairo’s older look are found here.

Some of the modern tourists visit locations in the Old Cairo include the Coptic Museum, the Babylon Fortress, the Hanging Church and other Coptic churches, the Ben Ezra Synagogue and the Mosque of Amr ibn al-As. Fort Babylon is a Roman fort around which many of the Egyptian Christians’ oldest churches were built.

Ironically, there are many old churches which are the main centre of attraction for a nation that its majority profess the Muslim faith.

A seat at Cafe Riche
Cafe Riche Egypt

The interior design of Cafe Riche – Vie donné

It is the oldest restaurant in Cairo. It is located at the edge of Talaat Harb Square which is on the northeast side of the city. The café has witnessed many historical events in the 20th century including where King Farouk saw his second wife and where the perpetrator of the 1919 failed murder attempt on Egypt’s last Coptic Prime Minister,

Café Riche which opened in 1908 is one of the most renowned landmarks in downtown Cairo. It is surrounded by beautifully designed pieces of French architecture.

Kushari restaurant
Kushari Egypt

A plate of Kushari served at the Kushari Restaurant – Kusharista

The restaurant is named after the famous Kushari meal which is an Egyptian dish originally made in the 19th century. It is located near Said Halim’s Palace.

Kushari restaurant is famous for its delicacies. The best dish to enjoy here is a plate of rice served with lentils, chickpeas with tempting decorations at the top with cumin-scented tomato sauce and crunchy fried onions.

Egyptian Museum
The Egyptian Museum, Cairo

The Egyptian Museum – Nile International

After a vegetarian meal, you are all energized to take a walk at the bountiful Egyptian Museum where you have an opportunity to view various art galleries and the treasures of Tutankhamen’s tomb.

The museum is home to an extensive collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities and it houses the world’s largest collection of Pharaonic antiquities

You don’t wanna skip Cairo in your tour!!

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See Africa Today

Pharis Kinyua is the editor of See Africa Today. With over seven years of experience in digital media, he has a soft spot for African tours and travel. His drive is to tell the rest of the world what Africa offers, the best accommodation facilities, national parks, culture, shopping malls and best airline deals to travel to Africa

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