Egypt is famous for the historical sites and artefacts left by the early Egyptian civilization but in the country’s capital, the religious sites of Old Cairo provide the most captivating attractions.
Old Cairo, which is sometimes known as Coptic Cairo, is the city’s most ancient area and has some incredible places for history lovers to visit. The Radisson Blu Hotel, Cairo Heliopolis is just a short drive away from Old Cairo. From this ideally located, stylish hotel in Cairo and all of its antique wonders are available.
The holy places of Cairo’s old city
Some Egyptologists believe there was a settlement of the site of Old Cairo as far back as the 6th century BC, and the Romans built a fortress in the area – the walls of which are still visible today. However the most compelling sites of Old Cairo come from ancient religious traditions.
There are five Coptic churches in the area, all boasting rich histories stretching back well over a thousand years. Visitors are welcome to visit the churches, even during services. In addition to the Christian sites, Old Cairo homes the remains of Egypt’s oldest Mosque, the Mosque of Amr Ibn al-As, and the active Ben Ezra Synagogue, said to be built on the spot where Moses was found in the bulrushes by the pharaoh’s daughter.
Cairo – ancient and modern
Visitors who are interested in Old Cairo’s rich Coptic tradition, and would like to learn more about the area’s still vibrant Coptic community, will be delighted by the Coptic Museum. The ancient history of the area provides a fantastic contrast to more modern attractions like the impressive Cairo tower.
Old Cairo feels like nowhere else in the Egyptian capital, with living history giving the old city a unique atmosphere. Visitors staying at the Radisson Blu Hotel, Cairo Heliopolis can enjoy the best of modern comfort before travelling to Old Cairo to experience the finest ancient history.