Historic Cairo was first founded in 969 and remained a medieval city until the middle of the 1800’s. The Fatimid dynasty founded Cairo, making it the Islamic center of the world, with evidence showing in the nearby Mamluk palaces and large bazaars.

Over 22 million people live in Cairo today, but that does not take away from the ancient energy that this city has with the Pyramids of Giza nearby, the Egyptian Museum holding priceless treasures of past pharaohs from thousands of years ago, and the ancient marketplace of Khan Al Khalili.

WHY SPECIAL

5 sites in this World Heritage

  • Al-Fustat
  • Mosque of Ahmed Ibn Tulun, The Citadel Area, The Fatimid Nucleus of Cairo, Necropolis
  • Al-Imam ash-Shaf'i Necropolis
  • As-Sayyidah Nafisah Necropolis
  • Qayitbay Necropolis

Mosque of Ahmed Ibn Tulun, The Citadel Area, The Fatimid Nucleus of Cairo, Necropolis

Al-Imam ash-Shaf'i Necropolis

As-Sayyidah Nafisah Necropolis

Qayitbay Necropolis

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DATA

Region
Arab States
Country
Egypt 
Category
Cultural
Name
Historic Cairo
Selection Criteria (?)
(i)(v)(vi)
Year of Registered
1979
Keyword
Historic Center, Islam, Registered in 1979