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Top 5 Things to See in Cairo, Egypt

Immerse yourself in the rich culture and century-spanning history of Cairo, Egypt’s capital and the second largest city in Africa. Whether you want to appreciate the ancient architecture or take a day trip to relax on the white sand beaches, Cairo has something for everyone.

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1. The Pyramids and Great Sphinx of Giza

Located on the outskirts of Cairo, no trip to Egypt is complete without seeing one of the seven wonders of the world. The pyramids tower at 481 feet and are about 4,500 years old and are an iconic symbol of Egypt.

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2. The Egyptian Museum

This museum has a huge collection of antiquities dating back 5,000 years. Entrance tickets are very affordable and you can book separate tickets to see the mummy rooms. Marvel at one of the world’s greatest collections of ancient artifacts.

3. Cairo Tower

This 614 foot tower overlooks all of Cairo and is one of Egypt’s most famous landmarks, after the Great Pyramids. Appreciate the tower’s 360 degree views and enjoy dinner at the Sky Garden cafe, right underneath the observation deck.

4. Khan El Khalili Bazaar

Stroll through the market, shop for clothes, antiques, jewelry, spices, and perfumes or enjoy a meal at a cafe at this open-air market. Yes, this is a major tourist destination, but that shouldn’t be a reason to miss out on seeing one of the world’s first markets established in the 14th century. Explore the winding roads and narrow alleys and try some delicious Arabic coffee from the various coffeehouses.

5. Mosque of Muhammad Ali

The Mosque of Muhammad Ali sits atop a hilltop inside the Cairo Citadel. This impressive limestone mosque has stunning views overlooking the entire city and is grandiose both inside and out. Nicknamed the "Alabaster Mosque”, this landmark is a must see.

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