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Islamic Cairo
Islamic Cairo
Author: Vyacheslav Stepanyuchenko (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic)




Ancient Cairo is one of the great cities of the Islamic world. Today part of modern Cairo, the old city is an enclave with many famous mosques as well as madrasas, hammams and fountains. The ancient city of Cairo was founded in the 10th century, when it became the new centre of the Islamic world. It reached its peak during the 14th century, when it was one of the most important cities of the Muslim world.

Ancient Cairo was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site during the 3rd session of the World Heritage Committee held in Cairo and Luxor on 22-26 October, 1976.

Photos of Ancient Cairo

Street of Islamic Cairo
Street of Islamic Cairo
Author: Joonas Plaan (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic)

Interior of Al Azhar Mosque, Cairo
Interior of Al Azhar Mosque, Cairo
Author: Lexie (Creative Commons Attribution 2.0 Generic)

World Heritage Site Inscription Details

Location: N 30 3 0 E 31 15 39.996
Inscription Year: 1979
Type of Site: Cultural
Inscription Criteria: I, V, VI

Location Map of Ancient Cairo

Islamic Cairo is No. 3 on the map of the UNESCO World Heritage Sites of Egypt.


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Visiting Ancient Cairo

Cairo International Airport (CAI) is a major airport served by several international carriers. It comprises three terminals. You can transfer between terminals by taking the free shuttle bus. A taxi to downtown Cairo, with good negotiation skills through in, should be around E£40.00. Roads are often congested, so allow as much as three hours on your return for your flight out.


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