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  • 1. 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

  • 2. 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

  • 3. 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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  • 4. 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

  • 5. 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

  • 6. 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

  • 7. 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

  • 8. 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

  • 9. Madrasa and Mausoleum of Sultan al-Salih al-Ayyubi

    Islamic Cairo North | Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    Although it does not appear to be very significant from the street, this building occupies an important place in Cairo's history as a point...Read More

  • 10. 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

  • 11. Mosque of Altunbugha al-Maridani

    Islamic Cairo South | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Featuring fine examples of virtually every decorative art in vogue in the 14th century, this mosque was built by a son-in-law of Sultan Nasir...Read More

  • 12. Mosque of Mu'ayyad Shaykh

    Islamic Cairo South | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The Sultan Mu'ayyad chose this site because he was once imprisoned at this location. During his captivity, he swore that he would build a mosque...Read More

  • 13. Mosque of Wazir al-Salih Tala'i

    Islamic Cairo South | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built in 1160, this is one of the last Fatimid structures constructed outside the city walls, and is also one of the most elegant mosques in...Read More

  • 14. The Hanging Church

    Old Cairo | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Known in Arabic as al-Muallaqah ("the suspended"), the church is consecrated to the Blessed Virgin. Originally built in the 9th century—and...Read More

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