On the top of Saladin citadel and in the middle of a vast open air court, a pleasant oriental music goes high in the sky, takes with it a fancy skirt of the dervish that is whirling as a butterfly , drums knock on your heart and suddenly your spirit rises high and high , flies away then land on a tower which is not only high but it's the highest tower in Cairo even higher than the great Cairo Tower with its beautiful form of lotus flower , the symbol of real love and Egypt's upper. It is the minaret of the Alabaster Mosque which is the jewel of Cairo during Islamic power, it never comes true if you dream of that amazing scene from such a mosque tower, you won't only see the pyramids of Giza, those are about twenty kilometer far, but also the whole city of Cairo with its thousand minarets and its Nile which is just few kilometers far. Near by you can see the two grand mosques of Sultan Hassan the Mamlouk king and Al- Refa'i which was built by The Hanim Khushyar, the mother of the nineteenth century Khedive Isma'il Pasha, just as a copy of the mosque which is few meters far. The two giant mosques try to tell you about the beauty of Islamic architecture and how much unique they are. They never forget their neighbor mosque of Ahmed Ibn Tulun, the glorious one with the only minaret has a spiral outer staircase, they always try to tell, they draw their inspiration from Amr Ibn El-Ass Mosque of the first Islamic capital which named Al Fustat, which is known well, with its vast area and the Islamic style bazaar. "Fustat" means "tent" and the tent was a part of the siege that is made by Muslims around the fortress that is ruled by the Romans to control the country well, to torture the Coptic people there ,to slaughter and kill . "Coptic" means "Christian" but who in Egypt dwell. With the help of the Coptic people to the new comers Muslims , the Romans are defeated in The Babylon high fortress which is the Coptic worst fear, The Muslims were very thoughtful to the Coptic lived there, therefore they gave the fortress to them as a present to live and worship their own God there, the Coptic never expect one day they will get rid of the Roman's cruel, mean and long nightmare, So soon they build a church on the highest two towers of that defeated fortress in order to eventually ,submit the Romans to their victory , the result was fantastic , the holly Hanging Church which is the Old Cairo special, if you visit there. With its unique icons and the colored amazing carving, tell you the grandeur of the clear Christian history , tell you the real way for the Holy family during its flight to Egypt day by day, lead you to the Holly Crypt under St. Sergius Church and tell you the story of Ibrahim Ben Ezra Synagogue which was before a church, where according to tradition Moses was found in the basket after being abandoned in the water of the River Nile that is already near where you can take a feluka ride in order to watch the grand beautiful buildings on its both banks and see the Cairo Opera House and giant Cairo Tower. When you reach the dock you just go across from , where you can see a unique building with a big central dome , it is the Egyptian Museum where you can't only see the best treasure in all over the world, those for Tut Ankh Amon and some other pharaohs but also the stunning Mummies of some of those famous pharaohs, to tell you how the ancient Egyptians were very developed , civilized and very real religious . Then after that big historical meal you just have a quick snack then leave from there passing by down town reach the top of the city culture and traditions in the heart of Islamic Cairo where you can visit Al Azhar Mosque and experience Khan El-Khalili Bazaar.
the Egyptian Museum
This huge neoclassical building houses the largest collection of ancient Egyptian artifacts in the world, including artifacts from the tomb of King Tut.
the Citadel of Salah El Din
The Citadel was built in the 12th century by Salah El Din and his successors, using the most advanced construction techniques of the age. For the next 700 years, Egypt was ruled from this hill.
Khan El-Khalili is one of the biggest bazaars in the Islamic world. It was first founded as a caravanserai by Jarkas El-Khalili, Master of the Horses of Sultan Barquq, in 1382. The bazaar is a combination of shops serried in narrow streets. There you'll find everything you're looking for including glassware, perfumes, woodworks, potteries … etc.
Al Azhar Mosque
Al Azhar University is one of the oldest operating universities in the world and a center of Islamic learning. It is connected to the beautiful and historic Al Azhar Mosque.
Ibn Toulon Mosque
Built by Ahmad Ibn Toulon in 879, this is the oldest mosque in Egypt and the third largest in the world. It is also famed for its lovely architecture and unique minaret.
The Cairo Tower is a free-standing concrete tower located in Cairo, Egypt. At 187 m (614 ft), it has been the tallest structure in Egypt and North Africa for about 50 years. It was the tallest structure in Africa for 10 years, until 1971 when it was surpassed by Hillbrow Tower in South Africa.
mosques of Sultan Hassan
Built between 1356 and 1363 by the Mamluk ruler Sultan Hassan, this is among the largest and most impressive Islamic buildings in the world.
Amr Ibn El-Ass Mosque
The Mosque of Amr Ibn Al As is the first Mosque in Egypt. The glory of this Mosque come from being the announcement of the beginning of the Islamic Period in Egypt
The Mosque of Al- Refa'i
the holly Hanging Church which is the Old Cairo special.
Ibrahim Ben Ezra Synagogue
Ibrahim Ben Ezra Synagogue.
the Holly Crypt
Ithe Holly Crypt
St. Sergius Church
St. Sergius Church