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- 98%Local Culture
- 90%Adventure Travelers
- 74%Budget Travelers
- 66%History Buffs
- 58%Spiritual Seekers
Member Reviews (22)
- Islamic CairoMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsFoodies+ 4Nov 24, 2013
The residential areas of this part of Cairo are a beautiful place to be lost during the call to prayer. Run down and might make some people nervous but the atmosphere is fantastic and the people were very friendly during my visit.
- Islamic CairoMember ofLocal CultureOutdoor EnthusiastsBudget Travelers+ 5Oct 28, 2013
A walk through the Islamic quarter of Cairo is a very intense experience--bustling with people, noise, traffic, markets. It is one of my favorite places in the city and surely not relaxing, but a assault on the senses. But I believe seeing this part of Cairo is essential for trying to understand modern Egypt.
- Islamic CairoMember ofLocal CultureAdventure TravelersFirst to ReviewOct 25, 2013
If you're a Nageeb Mafouz fan or a would-be Orientalist looking for traces of what was, Islamic Cairo is about as evocative as it gets. The cacophonous calls to prayer, the multitude of minarets and the occassional donkey cart going by all add texture upon the scent of yesteryear that permeates this ancient district of Cairo, the City Victorious.
- Islamic CairoJul 01, 2013
I want to love Islamic Cairo for the history and beautiful mosques. I really do. I just can't stand this area of town: tons of traffic, endless noise, sidewalks and streets crammed with vendors, people, and animals. To me, it's a version of hell, but many people love the chaos.
Of course everyone should see Al-Azhar Mosque and Hussein Mosque and any other old mosques that they happen to stumble upon, despite how awful this part of town is, but one must be prepared.
Here's what you should know:
When entering a mosque, women should have a scarf ready to cover their hair and have clothing that covers to the wrists and ankles or at least the elbows and knees. Take off your shoes. You can either hold them--this is perfectly normal--or give them to a man who will watch them for you for a fee (1-3 LE).
After entering any mosque, some man will eventually ask you if you want to see "banorama" view of the city---you can say yes and he'll take you up to a minaret or some other high place for a fee (5 LE).
Beware of prayer times (5 times a day--check current ones online), and don't go on Fridays. Good luck! Now get out there and see some Islamic history!
While you're at it, note how much pollution and grime covers these priceless buildings and think about how development impacts the environment and health!Recommended for:History Buffs