Attractions

Top Choice Historic Building in Cairo

Madrassa & Mausoleum of Qalaun

Built in just 13 months, the 1279 Madrassa and Mausoleum of Qalaun is both the earliest and the most splendid of the vast religious complexes on this street. The mausoleum, on the right, is a particularly intricate …
Top Choice Monument in Cairo

Cairo Tower

This 187m-high tower is the city’s most famous landmark after the Pyramids. Built in 1961, the structure, which resembles a stylised lotus plant with its latticework casing, was a thumb to the nose at the Americans,…
Historic Building in Cairo

Madrassa & Mausoleum of As Salih Ayyub

This complex was built between 1242 and 1244 by the last Ayyubid sultan of Egypt, Al Salih Najm Al Din Ayyub, who died defending Egypt against the Crusader attack that was led by Louis IX. His grandfather was the fa…
Historic Building in Cairo

Beit El Suhaymi

With its fully restored paving stones and elaborate mashrabiyya (wooden lattice screens), Darb Al Asfar alley conjures up the Middle Ages – if the Middle Ages were clean. The first few buildings you pass are part of…
Notable Building in Cairo

Baron's Palace

Baron Empain lived in a fantastical and highly eccentric Hindu temple–inspired mansion, with the facade bedecked with elephants and serpents. Unfortunately it has been closed to the public since 1997 when ‘Satanists…
Monument in Cairo

Roman Towers

In AD 98 the Roman emperor Trajan enlarged an existing fortress here, called Babylon, likely a corruption of Per-hapi-en-on (Estate of the Nile God at On), a Pharaonic name for the area. What remains are two round t…
Notable Building in Cairo

Ramses Train Station

Cairo’s main train station, built in its current style in 1892, is an attractive marriage of Islamic style and industrial-age engineering – at least on the outside. Its interior was redone with gaudy Dubai-mall aest…
Architecture in Cairo

Cairo Marriott Hotel

The core of this luxury hotel is a lavish palace built by Khedive Ismail to house Empress Éugenie when she visited for the opening of the Suez Canal in 1869. A stroll inside gives a sense of its original grandeur. H…
Architecture in Cairo

Wikala of Al Ghouri

Built in AD 1504 by the Mamluk sultan Al Ghouri, this wikala was originally designed as an inn for traders following the caravan routes from the east and the west. The impressive stone facade has been beautifully re…
Historic Building in Cairo

Madrassa & Mausoleum of Barquq

Sultan Barquq seized power in 1382, when Egypt was reeling from plague and famine; his Sufi school was completed four years later. Enter through the bold black-and-white marble portal into a vaulted passageway. To t…