Cairo – Biggest city on the African Continent
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Did you know that aside from being the capital of Egypt, Cairo is actually the largest city in the African continent? It is home to over 16 million people and is definitely chaotic, exotic, dusty, smelly, and extremely beautiful.

There are just so many places to see and things to do in Cairo that a two-day trip is absolutely not enough. When visiting the city, make sure that you have several days in your vacation calendar and extra batteries your cameras.

The best time to go to Cairo Egypt is during the cooler months between November and March. Summer is very hot and you may not enjoy walking around when you are all sweaty and thirsty.

Now, on to the places you should visit.

Coptic Cairo or Masr al-Qadima is the most ancient part of the city which was the original Babylon. It is the Coptic Christian community center where churches abound. One of the highlights includes the Hanging Church—the center of the Coptic worship. Ben Ezra synagogue is also located here. This is the oldest synagogue in the country.

Next to visit is the Islamic Cairo. This is where you can see a lot of mosques (one of them is the Mosque of Mohammed Ali) and the Citadel. If you love to shop, this is also the perfect place for you. The Khan Al-Khalili bazaar is teeming with people and products that are unique in the country and is a great place to buy souvenirs from.

If you want to travel back in time and re-discover the rich history of Cairo Egypt, then you must not forget to go to the Egyptian Museum. Along with the sarcophagi, mummies, and other ancient relics, the museum itself is a reflection of the country’s archeological glory.

Qarafa, or the city of the dead, is also a great place to see. Although it may not sound to be the liveliest part of the country to visit, it is definitely fascinating. Ornate tombs here have served as houses for many poor Egyptians living in the area and have become their places of business too.

Once you get tired of inhaling exhaust fumes and dust, then head for the peace of the river Nile. You may rent an ancient sail boat called the Falucca and enjoy the view of the historic river as you reflect on the many things you have witnessed for the first time in your life.

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