Visiting Old Cairo

Visits to Cairo tend to include the pyramids and the Egyptian museum, however there is much more to see in Cairo. Old Cairo is definitely a part of the city you should visit if you can.

Map of Old Cairo

Old Cairo, is a historic area in Cairo, Egypt, and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

It is home to a wealth of cultural heritage and, thankfully, many historic buildings that have been well preserved and are open to visitors.

Our absolute favourites places to visit are the Roman Fortress of Babylon, the Hanging Church, Ben Ezra Synagogue and El Moaz Street. Of course, Rhoda Island is not to be missed!

The Ben Ezra Synagogue was the site of the famous Cairo Geniza. A collection of around 400,000 Jewish manuscripts and documents that catalogue 1,000 years of Middle Eastern and North African history. This is thought to be the most diverse collection of medieval manuscripts in the world! 

Ben Ezra Synagogue, Cairo
Ben Ezra Synagogue, Cairo
The Hanging Church, Cairo
The Hanging Church, Cairo

The Hanging Church, is one of the oldest churches in Egypt and the history of a church on this site dates to the third century. It is built on top of the southern gatehouse of the Roman-built Babylon Fortress and gets its name from the fact that its nave is suspended over a passageway. This unique location gives the church the impression of hanging in mid-air, a spectacle that would have been even more impressive when it was first built when the ground level was several metres lower than it is today. The church’s Arabic name, al-Muallaqah, also roughly translates as “The Suspended”. 

The Fort of Babylon is a fortress that was once part of the fortifications of Roman Cairo. It is thought that the first fort was built by the Persians in about the 6th century BC on cliffs overlooking the Nile river. When the Romans moved into Egypt they used the old fort for a while. However, because of problems of water delivery, they relocated the fort to its present location which was nearer to the river. Since then, the course of the Nile has moved again.

Roman Fortress Babylon Cairo
Roman Fortress Babylon Cairo
Rhoda Island, Cairo
Rhoda Island, Cairo

Rhoda Island or Rawdah Island, is an island located on the Nile in central Cairo. The island is in the El-Manial district and is the location of the Al-Manyal Palace Museum and gardens. Rhoda Island is one of the most ancient landmarks in the whole of Egypt and is definitely a place to visit!

El Moez street is one of Cairo’s oldest streets and dates back to the foundation of the city. The street has huge historic significance and was once a main artery in historic Cairo. It is one of the longest streets in the walled city, at approximately one kilometer long, and was once the home to palaces and sultans!

El Moez Street Old Cairo Egypt
El Moez Street Old Cairo Egypt

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