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Learn The City of History - Day 1 & 2

Cairo, Egypt

I am now in Egypt in the capital city of Cairo. My first thought is that this city is a vibrant, exhilarating, exotic, fascinating and welcoming city. As always I get a taxi and go to my hotel the Safir Hotel Cairo.

I decided on my first day to go look at places of Coptic beliefs. My first destination is The Coptic Museum. It has one of the largest collection of Egyptian Orthodox artifacts and artwork in the world.

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The next I am going to is just a few meters from the museum. The Church of St. George is the only round church found in Egypt. It was built in the 10th century on top of a Roman tower of the fortified town called Babylon, the church is connected to the Monastery of St. George and is the seat of the Greek Patriarchate of Alexandria.

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It was getting so hot and I was dehydrated. So I called a taxi and just relax at the hotel pool and end my day.

It is now my second in Cairo, Egypt. Since I looked at Coptic side of the city, I decided to go to places of the Islamic side.

The first place is the Khan El-Khalili. It is a bazaar filled with statuettes, spices, souvenirs, silver jewellery, t-shirts, galabiyyas, belly dancing costumes, or anything you can imagine. It is like you have been transport threw time in an old Persian market.

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Along the way I decided to go to a cafe for a snack and a cup of coffee. Fishawi's Ahwa is great place just to mingle, have a nice cup of tea or coffee, and to watch people buy things at the markets.

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The next place I am going to is the Mohamed Ali Mosque. The dome rises up to 52 metres high and two east side minarets reach not less than 84 meters. It is the largest structure built during the first half of the 19th century, is more impressive at a distance than close up.

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It was getting dark and I decided to go to a traditional and historical home. The Beyt El-Suhaimi was the perfect example. Once you enter the house, you will emerge into a beautiful inner courtyard transporting you to the days where guests were received in the adjacent impressive reception room. It is set around a magnificent marble fountain inset in the floor and the room has also a high painted wooden ceiling with the most delicate green and blue patterned enamel tiles on the walls.

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For two days I look at places where two religious beliefs can be combine in one city. Both Coptic and Islamic are both different but it made Cairo a city.

Posted by justinroska 19:39 Archived in Egypt

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