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Islamic Cairo Private History Tour

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Travel back in time to the glory days of Islamic Cairo, and see some of the medieval and Ottoman city's greatest religious monuments, on this 2-hour private guided walking tour. Admire ancient mosques and madrasa, medieval city walls and gates, Ottoman-era houses, mausoleums, and markets, and conclude at the famous Khan al-Khalili bazaar.

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Stop At: Al-Azhar Mosque, Mohammed Abdou El-Darb El-Ahmar, Cairo 11511 Egypt

Al-Azhar Mosque (Arabic: الجامع الأزهر‎, romanized: al-Jāmiʿ al-ʾAzhar, lit. 'The Most Resplendent Congregational Mosque'), known simply in Egypt as Al-Azhar, is an Egyptian mosque in Islamic Cairo. Al-Mu'izz li-Din Allah of the Fatimid dynasty commissioned its construction for the newly established capital city in 970. Its name is usually thought to allude to the Islamic prophet Muhammad's daughter Fatimah, a revered figure in Islam who was given the title az-Zahrāʾ ("the shining or resplendent one"). It was the first mosque established in Cairo, a city that has since gained the nickname "the City of a Thousand Minarets".

Duration: 10 minutes

Stop At: Al-Azhar Park, Darassa Hill Al Darassa Hill, Cairo 11511 Egypt

Among several honors, this park is listed as one of the world's sixty great public spaces by the Project for Public Spaces (PPS).[1] The park was created by the Historic Cities Support Programme (HCSP) of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC), an entity of the Aga Khan Development Network (AKDN). The park, developed at a cost in excess of USD $30 million, was a gift to Cairo from Aga Khan IV: a descendant of the Fatimid Imam-Caliphs who founded the city of Cairo in the year 969.

Duration: 1 hour

Pass By: Wekalet El Ghouri Arts Center, 3 Mohamed Abdo St Muhammad 'Abduh Street, Cairo 11511 Egypt

The Wikala of Sultan Qansuh al-Ghuri (or Wikalat al-Ghuri, among other variations) is a caravanserai in the medieval center of Cairo, Egypt. It was built in 1504–1505 CE and is considered today one of the most impressive and best-preserved examples of this type of building in Cairo.

Stop At: El Muayyad Mosque, Next to Bab Zuwaila, Cairo 11511 Egypt

The Mosque of Sultan al-Mu'ayyad is a Mosque in Cairo, Egypt next to Bab Zuwayla built by the Mamluk sultan Al-Mu'ayyad Sayf ad-Din Shaykh from whom it takes its name. Construction began in 1415 and the mosque was completed in 1421. The complex included a Friday mosque and a madrasa for four madhhabs. It replaced a prison which originally stood next to Bab Zuwayla.

Duration: 30 minutes

Stop At: Street of the Tentmakers (Sharia Khayamiya), Islamic Cairo, Cairo 11511 Egypt

The ‘Street of the Tentmakers’ is one of the remaining medieval speciality quarters – it takes its name from the artisans who produce the bright fabrics used for the ceremonial tents at wakes, weddings and feasts. They also hand-make intricate appliqué wall hangings, cushion covers and bedspreads, and print original patterns for tablecloths. The highest concentration of artisans along the road is directly south after Bab Zuweila, in the covered tentmakers market. (khayameyyah Street).

Duration: 15 minutes

Pass By: Bab Zuweila, Darb el Ahmar, Cairo 11511 Egypt

Bab Zuweila is one of three remaining gates in the walls of the Old City of Cairo, the capital of Egypt. It was also known as Bawabbat al-Mitwali during the Ottoman period, and is sometimes spelled Bab Zuwayla. It is considered one of the major landmarks of the city and is the last remaining southern gate from the walls of Fatimid Cairo in the 11th and 12th century.

Its name comes from Bab, meaning "gate", and Zuwayla, the name of an ethnic group recruited into the Fatimid army from the town of Zuwayla in the Fezzan.

Pass By: Sabil of Muhammad Ali Pasha, Haret Al Room, Cairo 11511 Egypt

This elegant 1820 sabil (public fountain) was the first in Cairo to have gilded window grilles and calligraphic panels in Ottoman Turkish. It has been meticulously restored, with interesting displays about Muhammed Ali, who had the complex built to honour his son Tusun, who died of the plague. Nifty details include access to the cistern below and desks in the kuttab (Quranic school) upstairs, which welcomed students until 1992.

Stop At: Sharia Al Mu'izz Li-Din Allah, Al Moez Ldin Allah Al Fatmi, Cairo 11511 Egypt

Al-Muizz li-Din Allah al-Fatimi Street, or al-Muizz street for short, is a major north-to-south street in the walled city of historic Cairo, Egypt.

Duration: 20 minutes

Stop At: Abo Heriba mosque, El-Darb El-Gadid, El-Darb El-Ahmar, Cairo Governorate, Egypt

Amir Qijmas al-Ishaqi Mosque (Arabic: مسجد قجماس الإسحاقي‎) or Abu Heriba Mosque (Arabic: مسجد أبو حريبة‎) (sometimes written Abu Hurayba) is a Mamluk-era mosque in Cairo, Egypt. It dates from 1480-81 CE and is located in the historic al-Darb al-Ahmar district, near Bab Zuweila. The mosque is known for being featured on the 50 Egyptian pound bill. It is also distinguishable from other mosques in the way it allows the shops to rent and operate on the first floor, thus be able to fund the maintenance cost from them.

Duration: 15 minutes

Stop At: Qalawun Complex, El-Gamaleya, El Gamaliya, Cairo Governorate, Egypt

The Qalawun complex (Arabic: مجمع قلاون‎) is a massive complex in Cairo, Egypt, built by Sultan al-Mansur Qalawun in 1284–1285.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: Khan Al-Khalili, Cairo Egypt

Khan el-Khalili (Arabic: خان الخليلي‎) is a famous bazaar and souq (or souk) in the historic center of Cairo, Egypt. The bazaar district is one of Cairo's main attractions for tourists and Egyptians alike. It is also home to many Egyptian artisans and workshops involved in the production of traditional crafts and souvenirs.

Duration: 1 hour 30 minutes

Pass By: Abdeen Palace Museum, Moustafa Abdel Raziq Street off Abdeen Square, Cairo 11511 Egypt

Abdeen Palace (Arabic: قصر عابدين‎) is a historic Cairo palace, and one of the official residences and the principal workplace of the President of Egypt, located above Qasr el-Nil Street in eastern Downtown Cairo, Egypt.

Stop At: Museum of Islamic Arts, Shar'a Bur Bab El Khalk Square, Cairo 11511 Egypt

The Museum of Islamic Art in Cairo, Egypt is considered one of the greatest in the world, with its exceptional collection of rare woodwork and plaster artefacts, as well as metal, ceramic, glass, crystal, and textile objects of all periods, from all over the Islamic world.

Duration: 1 hour

Stop At: City of the Dead (Northern Cemetery), East of Sharia Salah Salem, Cairo 11511 Egypt

The City of the Dead, or Cairo Necropolis, also referred to as the Qarafa (Arabic: القرافة‎, romanized: al-Qarafa), is a series of vast Islamic-era necropolises and cemeteries on the edges of Historic Cairo, in Egypt. They extend to the north and to the south of the Cairo Citadel, below the Mokattam Hills and outside the historic city walls, covering an area roughly 4 miles long. They are included in the UNESCO World Heritage Site of "Historic Cairo".

Duration: 20 minutes