Egyptian Museum#5 in Best Things To Do in Cairo
The best way to follow up your trip to the pyramids is by visiting the Egyptian Museum. This massive facility contains more than 100,000 artifacts from ancient Egypt, including sarcophagi, jewelry and pottery. It would take almost a year to explore the museum in its entirety. To save you some time, we recommend sticking to a few notable galleries. The main attraction here is the Tutankhamun exhibit, which features treasures from King Tut's tomb, including his golden funeral mask. And although it costs an additional 100 Egyptian pounds (or $11) to enter, the Mummy Room should be high on your list of museum must-sees.
Though the Egyptian Museum's fees are a bit steep, recent visitors said the impressive collections more than justify the property's prices. If you want to take photos inside, bring extra cash since travelers with cameras are charged an additional 50 Egyptian pounds ($6). Also, this museum does not have air conditioning, so plan to visit early in the morning.
The Egyptian Museum is located in central Cairo within walking distance of the Sadat metro station. You can also get to the property by taxi, tour bus or car – a parking garage is located adjacent to the museum. Bus tour operators that visit the museum include Love Egypt Tours and Emo Tours Egypt. The attraction is open daily from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., and general admission tickets cost 75 Egyptian pounds ($8) per person. All tickets include access to most of the Egyptian Museum's exhibits, plus restrooms, a gift shop and a cafe. You'll also find several vendors selling souvenirs outside the museum.
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#1 Coptic Cairo (Old City)
This neighborhood in southern Cairo is the oldest part of the city, with twisting alleyways and ancient churches that are several centuries older than the ornate mosques of Islamic Cairo. According to legend, it was St. Mark who introduced Christianity to Egypt, and it was here that Africa's first Christian church – the Coptic Church of Egypt – thrived. To learn more about Coptic Cairo's rich history, check out neighborhood attractions like the Coptic Museum and the ninth-century Hanging Church, which are housed within an ancient Babylonian fortress. You'll also find significant Jewish and Islamic locales here, including the Mosque of Amr Ibn al-Aas – the oldest mosque in Africa – and Ben Ezra Synagogue – the alleged site where the pharaoh's daugher found Moses floating in his basket.
Past visitors said visiting Coptic Cairo is a must, even if you're not religious. History lovers will appreciate the area's abundance of historic sights, while architecture buffs will enjoy gazing at the neighborhood's beautiful mosaics and woodwork. Plus, Coptic Cairo's narrow alleys are lined with street vendors selling a variety of goods.
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