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  • Address: Sharia Mar Girgis, Cairo, Egypt
  • Admission: Free

Old Cairo is a relatively small area but it is rich with history. Also known as Coptic Cairo, Fustat (in reference to the first Muslim city established there), and Masr al-Qadima to the locals, it has been inhabited since the 6th century BC. It has been a Roman fort protecting trade routes, a Christian city from around the 5th century AD, a Muslim army camp from 641 AD, then Egypt's capital city until yet another conquest in the 10th century.

The main interest these days is in its role as Coptic Cairo. The narrow cobbled streets contain the Religious Compound, full of churches including the Hanging Church (dedicated to the Virgin Mary and still in use), the oldest synagogue in Egypt, the remains of the Roman fortress, and the Coptic Museum. Just northeast is the site of ancient Fustat which contains the oldest mosque, Amr Ibn al-Aas. The rest of the area is interesting for the Zabaleen, people who live in a shanty town and sift through Cairo's huge amount of garbage to reuse and recycle it.

Practical Info

The easiest way to get to Old Cairo is by taxi, cheap if adventurous - the cars can be old and the driving is crazy! There is also a new metro system in Cairo. So far it is limited in area but signage is in English and the stop Mar Girgis will get you to Old Cairo.

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Coptic Cairo and Coptic Museum: Guided Private Day Tour in Cairo, Cairo, null
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Coptic Cairo and Coptic Museum: Guided Private Day Tour in Cairo

With your private guide, explore the old Cairo area and see the remains of the Roman Tower, Hanging Church, Crypt of the Holy Family, the roman orthodox church ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $25.71
Islamic and Christian Cairo Day Tour including Lunch, Cairo, Private Sightseeing Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Islamic and Christian Cairo Day Tour including Lunch

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Explore Islamic and Coptic Cairo with certified tour guide.

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: Flexible

From USD $37.50
Private Guided Cairo Day Tour: Egyptian Museum, Citadel and Coptic Cairo, Cairo, City Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Private Guided Cairo Day Tour: Egyptian Museum, Citadel and Coptic Cairo

Discover the beauty of Egypt's capital in this private guided tour. Explore the Egyptian Museum to see the treasures of the Pharaohs, old civilization and King ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: Flexible

From USD $36.00
Private Customizable Day tour around Giza, Saqqara and Dahshur from Cairo, Cairo, Private ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Private Customizable Day tour around Giza, Saqqara and Dahshur from Cairo

Customize your tour in Saqqara, Giza or Cairo the way you like, with many options to choose from. Cover the most interesting places with your private guide. ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.00
Half-Day Private Guided Tour of Coptic Cairo with Lunch, Cairo, Custom Private Tours
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Half-Day Private Guided Tour of Coptic Cairo with Lunch

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Explore Coptic Cairo, also called Old Cairo, where you can see some world-famous churches. Scholars believe that the holy family stayed for a long time inside ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $13.00
Private Layover Day Tour of Giza Pyramids, Cairo, Egyptian Museum and Bazaar from Cairo Airport, ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Private Layover Day Tour of Giza Pyramids, Cairo, Egyptian Museum and Bazaar from Cairo Airport

During your layover in Cairo, explore the Pyramids of Giza, the Egyptian Museum and Cairo's old town with the help of a local guide.

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: Flexible

From USD $75.00
Tour to Cairo from Luxor by Train with First Class Seat, Luxor, City Tours
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Tour to Cairo from Luxor by Train with First Class Seat

Enjoy a 1 day tour to Cairo from Luxor by train with first class seat ticket included. Visit the Pyramids of Giza, the great Sphinx, the Egyptian Museum, Old ...  Read more

Location: Luxor, Egypt
Duration: 1 day 12 hours (approx.)

From USD $120.00
Day Tour to Cairo from Luxor by Flight, Luxor, Day Trips
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Day Tour to Cairo from Luxor by Flight

Experience full-Day Tour to Cairo from Luxor by flight return ticket included. Visit the Pyramids of Giza, the Sphinx, the Egyptian Museum, Old Cairo and Khan ...  Read more

Location: Luxor, Egypt
Duration: 1 day (approx.)

From USD $210.00
Private 8-Hour Tour of Giza Pyramids, Egyptian Museum and Old Cairo, Cairo, Day Trips
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Private 8-Hour Tour of Giza Pyramids, Egyptian Museum and Old Cairo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 1 Review

Take a leisurely private tour of Cairo's most famous sites: the Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Egyptian Museum and Old Cairo to see the Hanging Church and the Jewish ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $53.50
Private Guided Day Tour to Giza Pyramids Egyptian Museum and Hanging Church in Cairo, Cairo, ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Private Guided Day Tour to Giza Pyramids Egyptian Museum and Hanging Church in Cairo

On this private tour you will discover the Christian history of Egypt as well as the history of ancient Egyptians. Visiting the Giza pyramids and the Sphinx is ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $50.00

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