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  • 1. Great Sphinx

    Giza | Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Carved from the living rock of the pyramids plateau during the 4th Dynasty, the enigmatic limestone Sphinx is attached to Pharaoh Khafre's funerary...Read More

  • 2. Pyramid Plateau

    Giza | Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Three 4th-Dynasty pyramids dominate the skyline of the desert plateau to the southwest of Cairo. The largest is that of Pharaoh Khufu (Greek...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. Step Pyramid

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    The pyramid complex was built in the 3rd Dynasty (2649–2575 BC) for the pharaoh Djoser by his architect Imhotep, and it has been undergoing...Read More

  • 5. Al-Ghuriyya

    Islamic Cairo South | Castle/Palace/Chateau

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

  • 6. Complex of Qalaun

    Islamic Cairo North | Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    One of the early Mamluk rulers of Egypt, Mansur Qalaun was originally a Tartar (Mongol) brought to Egypt as a slave. Mamluks (literally, "those...Read More

  • 7. Dahshur

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Named for the pinkish limestone of which it is made, the Red (North) Pyramid belonged to the 4th-Dynasty pharaoh Sneferu (2575–2551 BC), father...Read More

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  • 8. 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

  • 9. Mastaba of Kagemni

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    This tomb adjoins the mastaba of Mereruka and is also well decorated. Presumably the artist or atelier responsible for decorating the mastabas...Read More

  • 10. Mastaba of Mereruka

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Shared by Mereruka's son and his wife, this is the largest mastaba tomb in Saqqara. It dates to the 6th Dynasty (2323–2150 BC) and shows some...Read More

  • 11. Mastaba of Niankhkhnum and Khnumhotep

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    This tomb is considered one of the "new tombs" that have been excavated in Saqqara since the late 1990s and shares a separate admission with...Read More

  • 12. Mastaba of Ti

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    This tomb is architecturally different from the mastabas of Mereruka and Kagemni in that it has a large courtyard that contains a stairway leading...Read More

  • 13. 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

  • 14. Nilometer

    Rodah Island | Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    At the southern end of Rodah Island, al-miqyas (the Nilometer) was used from pharaonic times until the completion of the Aswan Dam in the...Read More

  • 15. Pyramid of Teti

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    This pyramid measures 257 feet square and originally rose to 172 feet. Recognizing this as a pyramid is quite difficult, because the casing...Read More

  • 16. Pyramid of Unas

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    The last pyramid built in the 5th Dynasty was the first to contain a burial chamber decorated with the pyramid texts, a set of spells to ensure...Read More

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  • 17. Sabil-Kuttab of Abdul Rahman Katkhuda

    Islamic Cairo North | Memorial/Monument/Tomb

    Katkhuda is a Persian word meaning "master of the house." The powerful gentleman who endowed this building was a patron of the arts and architecture...Read More

  • 18. Serapeum

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    This is site of the burials of the Apis Bulls. The Apis was a bull that was regarded as a manifestation of Ptah, a creator god. During its lifetime...Read More

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