Islamic Cairo

Most of the artefacts that were once in all the sites that we’ve visited in Egypt are in The Egyptian Museum in Cairo.

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So that’s where we spent our day, which ended up being the perfect day for an indoor trip as it was raining. Each time we drove into Cairo it was usually grey but I think that is caused by pollution more than anything else.

The museum is in Tahrir square which is the exact centre of Cairo, it was also a focal point for the Egyptian Revolution in 2011.

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I noticed lots of army tanks lined up on the street near to the museum which was a bit scary.

The museum had two floors with 120,000 items to examine.

We started on the top floor and headed downwards and looked in all the side rooms too. We weren’t allowed to take pictures but mum did sneak some pictures!

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We saw lots of sarcophagi, several mummies, chariots, Shabki (which you can see in Blackburn museum), statues, all of the Tutankhamun exhibits (including the Tutankhamun mask) and loads more.

We spent a whole day inside trying to make sense of it all. It was great because you can actually touch a lot of the exhibits unlike in most museums where everything is behind glass or ropes.

In Old Cairo;

If some of you were reading my blog when I was in Central America, Guatemala, Atitlan you might remember I met my friend Zoe there. She now lives in France and came to Egypt for the holidays. She came to Cairo with her mum for three days and spent them with us.

The first day we went to the pyramids and the second day was spent in old Cairo also known as Islamic Cairo the core of medieval Cairo.

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We wandered the streets, people watched, explored the shops and sat in a lovely cafe in Fishawy.

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I loved all the shops with all the lanterns,antiques and handicrafts…

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But the main street was Al Mui’zz Street which was transformed into an open air museum in 2008.

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The street is one of the oldest in Cairo and is approximately 1 kilometre long. You can visit old schools, mausoleums and great Islamic architecture. Islamic architecture is a great change from Egyptian architecture but it was beautiful.

We had a ticket to see 7 buildings and I think we visited them all. It’s hard to remember what they were all called but hopefully the photos will suffice.

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We had to leave about 5pm as Zoe and Carol had a train to catch and we hit terrible rush hour traffic, it seemed to take forever to arrive in Giza and then we had to say bye to our friends as they went on their own journey.

See you soon guys 🙂

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