Cairo’s eastern skyline is dominated by the Cairo Citadel, one of the world’s greatest medieval monuments. Along with Old Cairo, the Citadel is among the city’s most impressive historical sites and a must-see for visitors to Cairo.
The Radisson Blu Hotel, Cairo Heliopolis boasts 427 elegant guest rooms and suites, and is only three kilometres from Cairo International Airport. With on-site car parking, a spa and a roof-top swimming pool, it is the perfect place to relax and prepare for a day exploring the ancient Cairo Citadel.
Cairo Citadel was built on a spur of limestone under orders from the great military leader Salah al-Din Yusuf, who is known to the West as Saladin. During the 12th century this Muslim general became famous for his success in repelling Christian crusades in the Middle East, but during an earlier phase in his military career Saladin was stationed in Egypt.
It was during this time that Saladin ordered the construction of Cairo Citadel, providing a fortified structure to protect the area against Crusader attacks. Since those medieval times, every power that has occupied Cairo has used the Citadel. Each force has left its own mark, giving visitors an unprecedented opportunity to enjoy almost one thousand years of history in one location.
A rich history
A walk around the massive fortifications at Cairo Citadel reveals palaces, mosques and museums which speak to the grandeur of the Egyptian capital’s history.
For visitors who want to enjoy this medieval masterpiece, and also one of the finest hotels in Egypt, Cairo, the answer is the Radisson Blu Hotel, Cairo Heliopolis. The hotel features a convenient Super Breakfast Buffet, but for guests eager to get out and explore the Cairo Citadel early in the day, a Grab & Go option is available.