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  • 1. Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan

    The Citadel | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built between 1356 and 1363 by the Mamluk ruler Sultan Hassan, this is one of the largest Islamic religious buildings in the world. Historians...Read More

  • 2. Mosque of Ibn Tulun

    The Citadel | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This huge congregational mosque was built in 879 by Ahmad Ibn Tulun with the intention of accommodating his entire army during Friday prayers...Read More

  • 3. Sayyidna al-Husayn Mosque

    Islamic Cairo North | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    One of the holiest sites in Egypt, the mosque was originally built by the Fatimids in the 12th century as a shrine and is said to contain the...Read More

  • 4. The Citadel

    The Citadel | Castle/Palace

    Until Salah al-Din al-Ayyubi arrived in Cairo in 1168, local rulers had overlooked the strategic value of the hill above the city. Within a...Read More

  • 5. Al-Azhar Mosque and University

    Islamic Cairo South | Educational Institution

    Originally built in AD 970 by the conquering Fatimid caliph al-Mu'iz, al-Azhar is the oldest university in the world. Although the Fatimids...Read More

  • 6. Al-Ghuriyya

    Islamic Cairo South | Castle/Palace

    This medieval landmark was the last great Mamluk architectural work before the Ottomans occupied Egypt. Built by Sultan al-Ghuri, who constructed...Read More

  • 7. Al-Rifa'i Mosque

    Sayyida Zaynab | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Although it appears neo-Mamluk in style, this mosque was not commissioned until 1869, by the mother of Khedive Isma'il, the Princess Khushyar...Read More

  • 8. Ben Ezra Synagogue

    Old Cairo | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Originally the Church of Saint Michael, the synagogue is named after the 12th-century rabbi of Jerusalem who obtained permission to build a...Read More

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  • 9. Chaar-Hachamaim Synagogue

    Downtown | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This unusual concrete block with a subtle art nouveau floral motif is easily overlooked from the outside. This is one of Cairo's great treasures...Read More

  • 10. Church of Saint Barbara

    Old Cairo | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Named for a young Nicodemian woman who was killed by her pagan father for converting, the church was originally dedicated to Sts. Cyrus and...Read More

  • 11. Church of Saint Mercurius

    Old Cairo | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Yet another Roman legionary, Mercurius, or Abu Sayfayn ("of the two swords"), dreamed one night that an angel gave him a glowing sword and ordered...Read More

  • 12. Church of Saint Sergius

    Old Cairo | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Known in Arabic as 'Abu Serga , this church is dedicated to two Roman officers, Sergius and Bacchus, who were martyred in Syria in 303. It...Read More

  • 13. Complex of Amir Shaykhu

    The Citadel | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Flanking Shar'a Saliba, this mosque and khanqah were built by the commander in chief of Sultan Hassan's forces and form a well-integrated whole...Read More

  • 14. Convent of Saint George

    Old Cairo | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This convent's namesake holds a special place in the hearts of Copts. The remains of this Roman legionary who was martyred in Asia were brought...Read More

  • 15. Deir al-Sourian (Syrian Monastery)

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    When you exit Deir Anba Bishoi, turn left, and a 10-minute walk brings you to Deir al-Sourian. Even if you have a car, it is worth walking:...Read More

  • 16. Deir Anba Bishoi

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    If only by virtue of its accessibility, Deir Anba Bishoi has become the busiest monastery in Wadi Natrun, but it remains one of the most charming...Read More

  • 17. Madrasa of al-Nasir Muhammad

    Islamic Cairo North | Educational Institution

    Considered the greatest Mamluk sultan, al-Nasir ruled on three different occasions, for a total of 42 years (AD 1293–1340). It was during al...Read More

  • 18. Madrasa of Sarghatmish

    The Citadel | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Completed in 1356 by the emir who succeeded Shaykhu, Sarghatmish was probably designed by the same architect who designed Sultan Hassan. The...Read More

  • 19. Mosque and Madrasa of Barquq

    Islamic Cairo North | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The first of the Circassian Mamluk Sultans, Barquq assumed power after a series of political intrigues that led to the downfall (and often deaths...Read More

  • 20. Mosque and Tomb of Qijmas al-Ishaqi

    Islamic Cairo South | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Restored in the early part of the 20th century, this complex was one of the jewels of Mamluk architecture. Its decorated facade reflects the...Read More

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