Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Cairo attraction places

The Pyramids of Giza

The Pyramids and their guardian Sphinx have rivaled the world's greatest cathedrals and temples as hallowed monuments, and were regarded as one of the Seven Wonders of the Ancient World. The Pyramids unified life and death, heaven and earth, gods and humanity, light and dark. The Great Pyramid built by King Khufu (Cheops in Greek) the second King of the IV Dynasty (ruled 2551-2528 B.C.) covers an area of 13 acres. Its original height of 146 meters has now become 137 meters after the erosion of its summit. It consists of two million blocks of limestone ranging in weight from 2.5 tons to 15 tons.The Second Pyramid was built by King Khafra (Chephren in Greek, ruled 2520- 2494 B.C.) Although smaller than the Great Pyramid, it seems equally tall and imposing due to its fortunate site higher on the plateau. Its interior is simple with two entrances on the north side. Part of the pyramid still bear traces of the outer limestone casing that once covered all of the Pyramids. The Third Pyramid of King Menkaura(Mycerinus in Greek, ruled 2490 - 2472 B.C) is smaller in size than its predecessors and never finished. Its height is 62 meters. It is distinguished by the fact that the lower parts of its sides still retain their granite slab coverings.

Pyramids Sound & Light
show begins with the story of the Sphinx who has been the vigilant guardian of the city of the dead for five thousand years. The show depicts the building story of Kheops, Kephren, Mykerinos pyramids and tells about the legendary harmonic personalities such as Nefertiti, Thutmosis 4th, Akhnaten, and Tut Ankh Am on.
the Sound and Light Show gives you a chance to see them illuminated in the darkness of evening.
The Show is presented in a different language at each time slot, so when booking, make sure you choose a showing in a language you can understand!
The Show consists of a recorded commentary which tells the story of the Egyptians. The
commentary is illustrated by still images (photos and
illustrations) projected on to the wall of the temple. At key points in the
narrative, one or more of the pyramids is illuminated with a colored floodlight. Recorded music is also used. There are no live musicians or actors .
The only animation is when the Sphinx speaks, which is quite impressive. Thanks to a clever projection, the face of the Sphinx comes alive as you hear the words of a long-dead Pharaoh. It's a pity that moving images aren't used more in the rest of the show.
To see the show, you have the choice of theatre-style seating, or a seat in the cafe at the rear. The cafe is recommended (although your view will not be as good), because parts of the show do drag and you will be able to entertain yourself with refreshments. If you choose the theatre-style seating, arrive early to get the best seats at the very front.
Please remember that night-time in the desert is COLD, and it will feel worse than it really is, because you have become used to the Egyptian heat during the day. You probably did not bring
a scarf and gloves on your Egyptian holiday, but you will wish you did. If you don't have warm clothing, wear two or three tee-shirts on top of each other, a jumper and coat if you have them, long pants and closed-in shoes. If you can bring a blanket, do so.
Because the night is dark and you are sitting some distance from the Sphinx and the pyramids, don't have too many expectations of getting good photos, if you only have a "point and click" camera.

The Solar Boats (The Boats of Cheops)
The Ancient Egyptians carved spacious areas in the rock, near the Pyramids. There they placed wooden boats, to be at the disposal of the king when he went on his journey of Day and Night with the Sun God, Ra, in the after world.
Early excavations have discovered three such sun boat sites, on the east side of the Great Pyramid. Two other sites were discovered on the south side. When the huge stone slabs were
removed, they revealed parts of a large boat, made of cedar wood, in a very good condition. There were also other implements, such as oars, ropes and a kiosk for sitting. The boat was 43.5 meters long, the prow and stern were 5 meters and 7 meters high respectively. The boats are now housed in a special museum, south of the Pyramid of Cheops. The museum is open from 9-4 daily, for a fixed fee.

The Egyptian museum

The mummies of some pharaohs of the 18 to 20th Dynasty found in Thebes. The first group was found in Deir el Bahari cachette and these consist of the mummies of: Seqenenre, Ahmose I, Amenhotep I, Tuthmosis I, Tuthmosis II, Tuthmosis III, Seti I, Ramses II, Ramses III.The other group was found in the tomb of Amenhotep II, consisting of the mummies of: Amenhotep II, Tuthmosis IV, Amenhotep III, Merenptah, Seti II, Siptah, Ramses IV, Ramses V, Ramses VI

in the museum you can see

The most celebrated of all the pharaohs, Ramses II, is famous for his long reign. The numerous temples which he erected in Egypt and Nubia and his omnipresent colossi had perpetuated his cult until the end of pharaonic Egypt. This bust from a seated statue of Ramses II is a portrait of the young king in which grace and grandeur are intermixed. His face is framed by a rounded wig, covered with curls, and a band with a uraeus encircles it. The position of his body, slightly bent forward is a sign of reverence towards the gods. It is a sign of humility which is inherited from the time of Seti I, but Ramses II quickly abandoned it in later representations.


This statue was originally known as the " white queen " until it was identified as Merit-Amon, daughter of Ramses II. A youthful grace, a gentle smile, and perfect manufacturing underline the beauty of this statue. She wears a tripartite wig held together by a double band which supports the double uraei. A circular head base surrounded by a frieze of uraei would have supported the large disk and the double feathers that are customary queen's headdresses. She grasps a " menat " necklace, with a counterpoise in the form of the goddess Hathor indicating that she was a priestess associated with the cult of this goddess.


This marvellous, life size mask, of excellent workmanship, protected the head of Tutankhamon's mummy. His shoulders and the back of his mask are inscribed with a magic formula that ensures protection. The golden nemes headdress is striped in blue and green while the uraeus and vulture head, in gold inlaid with semi-precious stones and coloured glass, ornament the brow. The mask's eyes are made of obsidian and quartz with a touch of red at the corners. The divine beard, is made of cloisonn? work. The ears are pierced for the wearing of earrings. The wide necklace collar is formed of rows of lapis lazuli, quartz, amazonite and coloured glass beads attached at each shoulder to a gold falcon's head ornamented with obsidian.


Selket is the goddess of healing stings and bites. This is one of four goddesses who, with gracefully outstretched arms, protect the gilded wooden shrine set within a baldachin, to house the alabaster chest containing the king's viscera. The statuette is made of gilded wood and it's eyes and eyebrows are painted black. Selket turns her head slightly to the side to ward off danger and thus breaks away from the traditional frontal pose of royal statuary. Her costume is that of contemporary queens, and the Amarna influence is still evident in the modeling of the body and the features of the face.

The Cairo Tower

The Cairo Tower is open the hours: 9am-midnight daily (winter); 9am-1am daily (summer). It is located on an island in the Nile and it offers tremendous views of the city of Cairo. There is a restaurant at the top of the tower that revolves around also if you feel like getting a bite to eat while you are there.

The Pharaonic Village

Take a step back in time; about three thousand years back, to be exact. Just a few miles from the center of Cairo is a time machine waiting to take you on a fantastic journey to the days of the Pharaohs, a time brought to life by an incredible group of actors and actresses, faithful and exact reproductions of buildings, clothing, and lifestyles.

Wednesday, May 6, 2009

Cairo International Airport

The airport is located in Heliopolis, 13.7 miles (22Km) northeast of central cairo and 24.9 mile( 40Km) from the Giza Pyramids.
Cairo Airport Shuttle Bus
newly established shuttle Bus service , it is comfortable , prompt & direct from or to the Airport according to your own preference , the last fleet of vehicles is vast in terms of space & air-conditioned for groups or single passenger , the shuttle Bus takes you to any of the following destinations
Haram (pyramids area )
Downtown Cairo
Taxi Services
At Cairo International Airport Taxis are avalaible at any time , and operated on a flat fee basis.Official Cairo Taxis are predomenantly black and white , but Alexandria Taxis are black and orange. There are also 7-seated Peugeot Taxis varied in colour and size , but they all have an emblem and number Painted on the drivers door.
Limousine service is offered by 19 different companies .
Transfer Between terminals
A free Shuttle Bus Links the two Terminals 1.9 miles ( 3 Km ) the Bus runs throughout the night and departs approximately every 3 minutes. Terminal (1) is known as the Old Airport ,whilst Terminal (2) is known as the New Airport.

Friday, October 24, 2008


Shopping centres in and around Cairo appeal to most visitors. Egyptian products are so varied and meet various tastes and different levels of income. These centers or (markets) provide quality which rivals International standards .
The Khan Khalili Bazaar
Comprising an array of shops dating to the 14th Century AD, Khan Khalili is renowned for its indigenous character and the magnificent variety of gold and silver works, embroidered clothing, leather goods and ivory-inlaid woodwork in addition to the many other attractive handicraft.
Is the main center for hand-made carpets. Shopping centers are also available in some major hotels and in center and outskirts of town. These sell silk, cotton and wool textiles as well as leather goods including shoes and bags.

Is famed for its embroidered cotton and silk dresses as well as other hand-made products.

Modern Shopping Centers
In all cairo are always big and modern malls for everything .

Thursday, October 23, 2008


National Cultural Center (Opera House)
The new 7-story opera house at the Gezira Exhibition Grounds was inaugurated on 3.10. 1988. Designed by a team of Japanese and Egyptian architects, it is an architectural masterpiece of Islamic design. It is equipped with the most sophisticated audio-visual system and comprises:
The Main Theater, a closed hall comprising 1200 seats, is used for opera, ballet and classic music performances.
The Second Theater is also a closed hall comprising 500 seats and is used for various purposes including film festivals and conferences.
The Third Theater is an open one comprising 1000 seats. There are other halls, some of which are used for training and rehearsals, in addition to the Museum and the Library containing references pertaining to the most significant artistic works.

Cairo International Center for Conferences ( CICC )
Located in Nasr City, it comprises three main conference halls, a fourth for receptions and a fifth for exhibitions. In addition, there are fully-equipped secretarial offices and press center.
- Main Hall: 2,500 sq.m., 2,500 seats.
- Second Hall: 840 sq.m., 800 seats.
-Third Hall: 900 sq.m., 600 seats.
-Receptions Hall: 1,600 sq.m.,1,250 seats.
-Exhibition Hall: 2,500 sq.m.

Cairo Tower (Gezirah)
Over 180 meters high, it is the most outstanding attraction of modern Cairo. The first of the top two stories has a rotating restaurant and cafeteria. Visitors can enjoy a panoramic view of Cairo from the observation platform.

Pharaonic Village
Historical spectacle reflecting the style of life of ancient Egyptians. Visitors witness the daily activities of the ancient Egyptian who has known the oldest civilization. The Village also contains a papyrus museum and offers adequate services to its visitors. The visit lasts two hours.

The Egyptian Museum (Tahrir Square)
It is regarded as one of the most prominent museums in the world for it offers visitors a chance to aquaint themselves with Egypt's ancient history over a period of 50 centuries. Its most significant showpiece is the magnificent Tutankhamun collection.

The Coptic Museum (Old Cairo)
The museum houses a rare collection of ancient Christian relics including remains of architectural works, textiles, icons and old manuscripts reflecting the history of Coptic civilization

The Military Museum (the Citadel)
The museum displays a magnificent collection of ancient weapons, statues, and uniforms in addition to other exhibits designed to show the art of warfare in Egypt from the earliest times. There are other museums and modern landmarks in Cairo that are also worth seeing.

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Mosque of Amr lbn Al-'Aas (Al-Fustat)
It was the first mosque built in Egypt. It is simple in design and represents schools of architecture from different periods.

Al-Azhar Mosque
The first Fatimid mosque in Cairo, it was founded in Midan Hussein by Gawhar al-Sikilli in 971 AD (361 H) as both a mosque and Madrasah (school), after Fatma al-Zahraa, the daughter of the Prophet Mohammed. It is considered to be the oldest Islamic University, the first lecture having been delivered in 975 AD.

Fortress of Salah al-Din al-Ayyubi (The Citadel)
Built by Salah al-Din al-Ayyubi in 1183 AD overlooking the city of Cairo from the Muqattam Hills, it houses a number of important monuments including the Mosque of Soliman Pasha, the Alabaster Mosque, the 90-meter deep Bir Yusuf (Joseph's Well) and Al-Gawhara Palace.

Wednesday, October 22, 2008


Cairo Synagogues :
Hashamayim (Ismailia Temple), now known as Adly Street
Ashkenazi Synagogue, al-Noubi Street off al-Geish Street Ataba
Kubbeh Synagogue, Misr-Sudan Street, Kubbeh Gardens
Hanan (Nessim Iskinazi) Synagogue, El-Daher
Meir Y. Biton Synagogue, Orabi and Road 13, Maadi
Midrash Synagogue, Beit Mosseri, Haret al-Yahood

Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Coptic Cairo

The Hanging Church (al-Mu'allaqa)
Originating in the 4th century, the Hanging Church was built over the southern Gate of the Fortress of Babylon. Dedicated to the Virgin Mary, its treasures include a 14th-century wall-painting of the Nativity.
Church of St. Sergius and St.Bacchus
A 5th-century basilica, built over a crypt where the Holy Family are believed to have stayed during their flight into Egypt.
Church of St. Mercurius (Abu Sefein)
A unique collection of Coptic art including 175 icons representing scenes from the Old and New Testaments, wall paintings and stained glass.
The Convent of St.George(Mari Girgis)
In the oldest part of Cairo, the chapel is reached through a Fatimid hallway and contains the relics of St.George in a cedarwood casket.
The Coptic Museum
The finest collection of Coptic art and antiquities in the world, including illuminated manuscripts, icons and textiles.