Postcards from Historic Cairo

Historic Cairo (also known as Islamic Cairo) is at the heart of Egypt’s crowded capital. Founded around 969 AD, Historic Cairo is a tour de force of Islamic art where the visitor comes face to face with hundreds of mosques, madrasas, bazaars, khanqahs, sabil-kuttabs and other monuments in the Fatimid, Ayyubid, Mamluk and Ottoman styles; a chaotic splendor that never fails to amaze, an overdose of Islamic art and architecture at its best.

A feast for the senses in every sense of the word, the city’s soundscape is dominated by the synchronized call for prayer and the honking of horns by impatient motorcyclists and drivers. The fragrance of every spice under the sun fills the air at many bazaars; while the dazzling colors of the tentmakers’ products at al-Khiyamiyya and the antiques at Khan al-Khalili offer a pleasant break from the grayish-brownish shades that dominate the old city.

I can go on forever, but the photos would do a better job. Enjoy!

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