On the outskirts of the delightfully named city of Zagazig (Egyptians say ‘za’-a-zi’) are the ruins of Bubastis, one of the country's most ancient cities. Its temple, now reduced to piles of scattered stone blocks, was dedicated to the resident deity, the elegant cat goddess Bastet. For serious Egyptology buffs, an outing from Cairo taking in both Bubastis and Tanis (70km further northeast) is an interesting day trip to two of Egypt's rarely visited sites.
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