Cairo Photo Gallery

Cairo is one of the most densely populated cities in the world with fourteen to fifteen million residents, and has terrible traffic jams. It is the largest city in Africa. No photography is allowed in the Egpytian Museum, but it is well worth the visit anyway; you could spend months in there without seeing everything. The Nile flows 4000 miles from equatorial Africa to the Mediterranean. The Corniche el-Nil has many popular floating restaurants.

the Nile at night the Nile fellucas on the Nile water taxi on the Nile sunset over the Nile view from Cairo Citadel

Islamic Cairo

The Mosque of Sultan Hassan was completed in 1362 and is one of Cairo's best examples of early Mamluk architecture.

mosque ablution fountain mosque interior niche facing Mecca carving detail carving detail ablution fountain

The Citadel

This fortress was built by Saladin in the 12th century C.E. to repel the Crusaders. The dominant building inside is the Mohammed Ali Mosque, built in the 19th century in the style of Istanbul. The original Mohammed Ali is buried in a corner of the mosque.

Cairo Citadel mosque inside Cairo Citadel mosque interior mosque courtyard mosque interior mosque interior mosque ceiling mosque interior: tomb detail mosque interior: tomb detail

Old Cairo (Misr al-Qadima) and Coptic Cairo

Coptic cairo is the oldest part of the city. it lies inside a 3rd century Roman fortress. The subterranean entrance to the Coptic compound is off Sharia Meri Gerges. The Hanging Church rests on two round Roman gate towers. This used to be on the banks of the Nile before the river shifted course westward several centuries ago. Ben Ezra Synagogue is the oldest synagogue in Egypt. Orignally a church, it was built in the 8th century. No photography is allowed inside the synagogue.

Roman tower Coptic Church sign street sign in Coptic Cairo Hanging Church door of Hanging Church mosaic in Hanging Church mosaic in Hanging Church mosaic in Hanging Church mosaic in Hanging Church mosaic in Hanging Church in Hanging Church wall niche in Hanging Church candles in Hanging Church interior of Hanging Church interior of Hanging Church sign for Ben Ezra Synagogue sign for Ben Ezra Synagogue sign for Ben Ezra Synagogue Ben Ezra Synagogue

Ali Pasha Palace

entrance interior chandelier interior pool painting painting painting painting painting painting

Street scenes

orange seller souq souq school girls park modern street mosque vegetable market veiled girls tuktuk donkey cart felafel cart spice market old woman and pitas neighbors Coptic girls newspaper readers modern street McDonalds

souq souq street scene street with minaret girls man with sheesha towers tower

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Last modified 24 February 2011