Cairo Tower

Cairo Tower information

Location
Cairo , Egypt
Address
Sharia Hadayek al-Zuhreya
Telephone
+20 2735 7187
More information
www.cairotower.net
Prices
adult/child under 6yr E£70/free, video E£20
Opening hours
8am-midnight, to 1am summer
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This 187m-high tower is the city’s most famous landmark after the Pyramids. Built in 1961, the structure, which ressembles a stylized lotus plant with its latticework casing, was a thumb to the nose at the Americans, who had given Nasser the money used for its construction to buy US arms. The 360-degree views from the top are clearest in the late morning, after the haze burns off, or late afternoon.

You might encounter a queue for the elevator at dusk, as the tower is extremely popular with Cairenes. The Sky Garden cafe, one floor down from the observation deck, serves not-too-exorbitant drinks and food (beer E£30, sandwiches E£50). The Revolving Restaurant just below that is a bit pricier, with a E£200 minimum.