"Coptic Cairo - Masr al-Qadima" Cairo Favorite Tip by call_me_rhia
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Favorite thing: Coptic Cairo - also called Masr al-Qadima - is the oldest part of Cairo, and it's a walled area - like a compound. Access is from the Subway station of Mar Girgis.
it was settled as far back as 600 BC - and it's also the place where the Romans built a fortress called "Babylon". When Christianity was introduced to Egypt, this area became it's stronghold - and it still is.
Fondest memory: There is so much to see in this little area: many amazing churches like Mar Girgis and the Hanging Church (just to name the most important ones), old fortress walls, and even a synogogue.
Official "sights" aside, the best part of Coptic Cairo are the dusty narrow little lanes, the amazing architecture and its "abandoned" feeling. However the area is far from abandoned: it's just that life happens inside the walls and in the courtyards. they can't be seen, but they can be heard: chickens, goats...
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