Cairo is the capital city of Egypt and the largest city in Africa. Located on both banks of the River Nile, the history of settlement in the region goes back to 6000 years. Cairo had been the capital of numerous Egyptian civilisations. Today Cairo is a developed city marked by the traditions and influences of the ancient as well as the modern. The city is home to many cultural institutions, business establishments, governmental offices, universities, and hotels.

With such a vibrant history and numerous cultural influences in the area, Cairo boasts the preserved remnants of its history in the various ancient temples, structures and artefacts. The best way to get an understanding of the rich history and culture of Egypt is to take a tour of some of the best art and cultural attractions in Cairo which include Colossi of Memnon, Saqqara Step Pyramid, Salah El-Din Citadel, Serabet el Khadem Temple, Keops Pyramid, Sphinx, Mohamed Ali Mosque and Hanging Church. Other top art and cultural attractions in Cairo include Saladin Castle, Mosque of Ibn Tulun, Bab Zuweila, Cave Church and The Coptic Museum. In addition to these attractions, Cairo also offers numerous museums and galleries displaying the artefacts from the different periods of the city’s history. Cairo with its different traditions and unique experiences are sure to offer you with a memorable and exciting trip.

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  1. Keops Pyramid

    #1 of 33 Art and Cultural Attractions in Cairo
    Keops Pyramid

    Tags: Outdoors, Historical Site, Monument, Architecture

    Address: Al Haram, Nazlet El-Semman, Al Haram, Giza Governorate, Egypt

    Timings: 08:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Take a historic walk through the ancient icons of Egypt. The Keops Pyramid that is about a thousand years old is gorgeous and incredible. The pyramid is of course huge on the outside and unbelievable ...Read more

  2. Sphinx

    #2 of 33 Art and Cultural Attractions in Cairo
    Sphinx

    Tags: View Point, Historical Site, Monument, Architecture

    Address: Al Ahram, Giza, Egypt

    Timings: 08:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    The Terrifying One, as the Great Sphinx is known in Egypt, is built of limstone and has the head of a man with the face of a Pharaoh, a hawk or a ram with the body, and tail and legs of a lion. Modern...Read more

  3. Islamic Cairo

    #3 of 33 Art and Cultural Attractions in Cairo
    Islamic Cairo

    Tags: Mosque, Food And Drinks, Streets

    Address: Al Gamaleyah, Qesm Gamaleyah, Cairo Governorate, Egypt

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    Islamic Cairo is a historic area that was created and nurtured by the Muslims after conquering Egypt. The area is beautiful and the atmosphere here is nostalgic. The old woodwork, stonework, and ironw...Read more

  4. The Egyptian Museum

    #4 of 33 Art and Cultural Attractions in Cairo
    The Egyptian Museum

    Tags: Art And Culture, Art Museum, Library, Museum

    Address: Tahrir Square, Meret Basha, Ismailia, Qasr an Nile, Cairo Governorate 11516, Egypt

    Timings: 09:00 am - 07:00 pm Details

    This Egyptian museum is located at Tahrir square. This museum is peculiarly famous for huge and small statues, jewels, the mummies, Tutankhamon treasures, etc. It includes round about 107 halls which ...Read more

  5. The Serapeum Of Saqqara

    #5 of 33 Art and Cultural Attractions in Cairo
    The Serapeum Of Saqqara

    Tags: Religious Site, Temple, Ancient Ruin, Historical Site

    Address: Serapeum, (Pyramid of Djoser Rd), Saqqara, Cairo, Egypt

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    A serapeum is a temple dedicated to the god Serapis, a combined avatar of Osiris and Apis. Not much is known about this specific serapeum. The construction of this place was dedicated to the sacred bu...Read more

  6. Mohamed Ali Mosque

    #6 of 33 Art and Cultural Attractions in Cairo
    Mohamed Ali Mosque

    Tags: Mosque, Religious Site, Architecture

    Address: Cairo Governorate, Egypt

    Timings: 08:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Commonly known as Alabaster Mosque, Mohamed Ali Mosque is a holy shrine located in the Citadel in Cairo. This mosque was the largest such structure built during initial years of the 19th century. The ...Read more

  7. The Pyramids At Dahshur

    #7 of 33 Art and Cultural Attractions in Cairo
    The Pyramids At Dahshur

    Tags: Monument, Architecture , Archaeological Site

    Address: Monshaat Dahshour, Al Badrashin, Giza, Egypt

    Timings: 08:00 am - 04:00 pm Details

    The royal necropolis at Dashur is notable for several of the oldest and best preserved pyramids of Egypt, most prominent of which are the Red Pyramid and the Bent Pyramid. The Red Pyramid, which is th...Read more

  8. Old City

    #8 of 33 Art and Cultural Attractions in Cairo
    Old City

    Tags: Church, Mosque, Historical Site

    Address: Coptic, Cario, Egypt

    Timings: 24-hrs Details

    The old city in Cairo is a true historic dig. The area has spectacular monuments, old churches, mosques, and synagogues. The old city is pretty unique and quite different from the rest of Cairo. There...Read more

  9. Kefre, The Second Pyramid

    #9 of 33 Art and Cultural Attractions in Cairo
    Kefre, The Second Pyramid

    Tags: Historical Site, Architecture

    Address: Al Ahram, Al Haram, Giza Governorate, Egypt

    The Pyramids of Cairo account for an incredible experience altogether. Kefre, the second pyramid adds to the same feeling. You could also enter the pyramid and explore the burial chamber of the tomb t...Read more

  10. Mosque And Madrasa Of Sultan Hassan

    #10 of 33 Art and Cultural Attractions in Cairo
    Mosque And Madrasa Of Sultan Hassan

    Tags: Mosque, Religious Site, Historical Site, Architecture

    Address: Cairo, Cairo Governorate, Egypt

    Timings: 08:00 am - 04:30 pm Details

    The Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan is one of Cairo’s finest examples of the ancient Mamluk architecture in the city. The holy shrine is not only a gorgeous structure but also a peaceful pla...Read more

  11. Hanging Church

    #11 of 33 Art and Cultural Attractions in Cairo
    Hanging Church

    Tags: Church, Religious Site, Architecture

    Address: 5 Mari Gerges, Misr Al Qadimah, Cairo Governorate, Egypt

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    The church is so named because of its location above a gatehouse of the Babylon fortress. It’s famous for not only its Coptic Architecture, but also for being one of the first examples of the Ba...Read more

  12. Saladin Castle

    #12 of 33 Art and Cultural Attractions in Cairo
    Saladin Castle

    Tags: Art And Culture, Museum, Castle, Historical Site

    Address: Al Abageyah, Qesm Al Khalifah, Cairo Governorate, Egypt

    Timings: 08:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    The castle of Saladin which is also known as The Citadel is located on Mokattam hill exactly in the centre of the city. It is one of the most popular places and is famous for its cool fresh breeze and...Read more

  13. Ben Ezra Synagogue

    #13 of 33 Art and Cultural Attractions in Cairo
    Ben Ezra Synagogue

    Tags: Religious Site, Historical Site, Synagogue

    Address: Cairo, Egypt

    Timings: 10:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    The synagogue of Ben Ezra is also known as El-Geniza Synagogue or the Synagogue of the Palestinians and is located in the Old Cairo exactly behind the Hanging church. It was originally ...Read more

  14. Bab Zuweila

    #14 of 33 Art and Cultural Attractions in Cairo
    Bab Zuweila

    Tags: Historical Site, Tower, Architecture

    Address: Al Motaz Ldin Allah, El-Darb El-Ahmar, Cairo Governorate, Egypt

    Timings: 09:00 am - 05:00 pm Details

    Bab Zuweila is an iconic structure that was built sometime in 11th century. They are actually massive gates flanked by 2 towers. These gates are oldest and the most elegant piece of architecture of th...Read more

  15. Mosque Of Ibn Tulun

    #15 of 33 Art and Cultural Attractions in Cairo
    Mosque Of Ibn Tulun

    Tags: Mosque, Religious Site, Landmark, Historical Site

    Address: Shar'a Tulun Bay, Cairo, Egypt, Cairo, Egypt

    Timings: 08:00 am - 04:00 pm Details

    Ibn Tulun mosque is the oldest and largest mosque in Egypt, built in the 9th century with the intent of accommodating an entire army and is also a historic mosque in Cairo. The mosque of Ibn Tulun is ...Read more

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