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}}Cairo ({{IPAc-en|ˈ|k|aɪ|r|oÊŠ}} {{respell|KY|roh}}; , {{IPA-arz|ælˈqɑːhɪɾɑ|pron|Al-Qahirah.ogg}}; ) is the capital of Egypt. The city's metropolitan area is one of the largest in Africa, the largest in the Middle East and 15th-largest in the world, and is associated with ancient Egypt, as the famous Giza pyramid complex and the ancient city of Memphis are located in its geographical area. Located near the Nile Delta,WEB, Santa Maria Tours,weblink Cairo – "Al-Qahira" – is Egypt's capital and the largest city in the Middle East and Africa., PRLog, 4 September 2009, 10 December 2011,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20111130033634weblink">weblink 30 November 2011, live, dmy-all, MAGAZINE,weblink World's Densest Cities, 21 December 2006, Forbes, 6 March 2010,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20100806143348weblink">weblink 6 August 2010, live, dmy-all, modern Cairo was founded in 969 AD by the Fatimid dynasty, but the land composing the present-day city was the site of ancient national capitals whose remnants remain visible in parts of Old Cairo. Cairo has long been a centre of the region's political and cultural life, and is titled "the city of a thousand minarets" for its preponderance of Islamic architecture. Cairo is considered a World City with a "Beta +" classification according to GaWC.WEB, The World According to GaWC 2016,weblink Globalization and World Cities Research Network, Loughborough University, 26 May 2017, 24 April 2017,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20131010004859weblink">weblink 10 October 2013, live, dmy-all, Cairo has the oldest and largest film and music industries in the Middle East, as well as the world's second-oldest institution of higher learning, Al-Azhar University. Many international media, businesses, and organizations have regional headquarters in the city; the Arab League has had its headquarters in Cairo for most of its existence.With a population of over 9 million{{Citation|url=http://gate.ahram.org.eg/Media/News/2018/3/3/2018-636557110056326955-632.pdf |publisher=Central Agency for Public Mobilisation and Statistics |title=Egypt In Figures 2017, Governorate level, Population distribution by sex |format=xls |accessdate=9 July 2009 |url-status=dead |archiveurl=https://web.archive.org/web/20090124144207weblink |archivedate=24 January 2009 }}. Adjusted census result, as Helwan governorate was created on 17 April 2008 from a.o. {{Clarify|date=October 2012}} parts of the Cairo governorate. spread over {{convert|3085|km2|sqmi|sp=us}}, Cairo is by far the largest city in Egypt. An additional 9.5 million inhabitants live in close proximity to the city. Cairo, like many other megacities, suffers from high levels of pollution and traffic. Cairo's metro, one of two in Africa (the other being in Algiers, Algeria), ranks among the fifteen busiest in the world,WEB,weblink Cairo's third metro line beats challenges, 29 June 2015,weblink 3 July 2017, with over 1 billionWEB,weblink Cairo Metro Statistics, 4 September 2012,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120323180531weblink">weblink 23 March 2012, live, dmy-all, annual passenger rides. The economy of Cairo was ranked first in the Middle EastWEB,weblink The 150 Richest Cities in the World by GDP in 2005, 11 November 2010,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120918030640weblink">weblink 18 September 2012, live, dmy-all, in 2005, and 43rd globally on Foreign Policy{{'s}} 2010 Global Cities Index.WEB,weblink The 2010 Global Cities Index, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20141202071827weblink">weblink 2 December 2014,

Etymology

Egyptians often refer to Cairo as {{transl|arz|Maá¹£r}} ({{IPA-arz|mÉ‘sˤɾ|IPA}}; ), the Egyptian Arabic name for Egypt itself, emphasizing the city's importance for the country.{{Harvnb|Behrens-Abouseif|1992|p=8}}{{Harvnb|Golia|2004|p=152}} Its official name {{Transl|ar|ALA|al-Qāhirah }} () means "the Vanquisher" or "the Conqueror", supposedly due to the fact that the planet Mars, an-Najm al-Qāhir (, "the Conquering Star"), was rising at the time when the city was founded,BOOK,weblink Towards a Shi'i Mediterranean Empire: Fatimid Egypt and the Founding of Cairo, 2009, I.B. Tauris, 978-0-85771-742-9, 78, possibly also in reference to the much awaited arrival of the Fatimid Caliph Al-Mu'izz who reached Cairo in 973 from Mahdia, the old Fatimid capital.Cairo#Foundation and expansion The location of the ancient city of Heliopolis is the suburb of Ain Shams (, "Eye of the Sun").The Coptic name of the city is Kashromi () which means "man breaker" ("ⲕⲁϣ-" – to break, "ⲣⲱⲙⲓ" – man) which is akin to Arabic {{Transl|ar|ALA|al-Qāhirah }}.WEB,weblink Talk:Wp/cop/ⲕⲁϣⲣⲱⲙⲓ – Wikimedia Incubator, incubator.wikimedia.org, en, 2018-07-02, Sometimes the city is informally referred to as {{transl|arz|Kayro}} by people from Alexandria ({{IPA-arz|ˈkæjɾo|IPA}}; ).Good News for Me: بلال فضل يتفرغ لـ"أهل اسكندرية" بعد "أهل كايرو" {{webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20160305042411weblink |date=5 March 2016 }}‏ (Belal Fadl frees himself [to write] Ahl Eskendereyya (the People of Alexandria) after Ahl Kayro (the People of Cairo))

History

{{See also|Timeline of Cairo|History of Egypt}}File:Louis Comfort Tiffany - On the Way between Old and New Cairo, Citadel Mosque of Mohammed Ali, and Tombs of the Mamelukes - Google Art Project.jpg|thumb|right|Louis Comfort Tiffany (1848–1933). On the Way between Old and New Cairo, Citadel Mosque of Mohammed Ali, and Tombs of the Mamelukes, 1872. Oil on canvas. Brooklyn MuseumBrooklyn Museum

Initial settlements

File:Fostat-329.jpg|right|thumb|upright|A rendition of alt=A man on a donkey walks past a palm tree, with a mosque and market behind Mohamed kamalThe area around present-day Cairo, especially Memphis that was the old capital of Egypt, had long been a focal point of Ancient Egypt due to its strategic location just upstream from the Nile Delta. However, the origins of the modern city are generally traced back to a series of settlements in the first millennium. Around the turn of the 4th century,{{harvnb|Hawass|Brock|2003|p=456}} as Memphis was continuing to decline in importance,ENCYCLOPEDIA, 2009, Memphis (Egypt), Encarta, Microsoft,weblink 24 July 2009,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20091006040551weblink">weblink 6 October 2009, dead, harv, dmy, the Romans established a fortress town along the east bank of the Nile. This fortress, known as Babylon, was the nucleus of the Roman and then the Byzantine city and is the oldest structure in the city today. It is also situated at the nucleus of the Coptic Orthodox community, which separated from the Roman and Byzantine churches in the late 4th century. Many of Cairo's oldest Coptic churches, including the Hanging Church, are located along the fortress walls in a section of the city known as Coptic Cairo.Following the Muslim conquest in 640 AD, the conqueror Amr ibn As settled to the north of the Babylon in an area that became known as al-Fustat. Originally a tented camp (Fustat signifies "City of Tents") Fustat became a permanent settlement and the first capital of Islamic Egypt.In 750, following the overthrow of the Umayyad caliphate by the Abbasids, the new rulers created their own settlement to the northeast of Fustat which became their capital. This was known as al-Askar (the city of sections, or cantonments) as it was laid out like a military camp.A rebellion in 869 by Ahmad ibn Tulun led to the abandonment of Al Askar and the building of another settlement, which became the seat of government. This was al-Qatta'i ("the Quarters"), to the north of Fustat and closer to the river. Al Qatta'i was centred around a palace and ceremonial mosque, now known as the Mosque of ibn Tulun.In 905, the Abbasids re-asserted control of the country and their governor returned to Fustat, razing al-Qatta'i to the ground.

Foundation and expansion

{{Further|Egypt in the Middle Ages}}File:Al-Hakim.jpg|thumb|upright|left|Fresco of Fatimid Caliph Al-Hakim (985–1021)]]In 968, the Fatimids were led by general Jawhar al-Siqilli to establish a new capital for the Fatimid dynasty.WEB,weblink Egypt – Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme, 29 June 2015, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110821215722weblink">weblink 21 August 2011, Egypt was conquered from their base in Ifriqiya and a new fortified city northeast of Fustat was established. It took four years to build the city, initially known as al-Manṣūriyyah,{{harvnb|Glassé|Smith|2003|p=96}} which was to serve as the new capital of the caliphate. During that time, Jawhar also commissioned the construction of the al-Azhar Mosque by order of the Caliph, which developed into the third-oldest university in the world. Cairo would eventually become a centre of learning, with the library of Cairo containing hundreds of thousands of books.{{harvnb|Meri|Bacharach|2006|p=451}} When Caliph al-Mu'izz li Din Allah arrived from the old Fatimid capital of Mahdia in Tunisia in 973, he gave the city its present name, al-Qāhiratu ("The Victorious").For nearly 200 years after Cairo was established, the administrative centre of Egypt remained in Fustat. However, in 1168 the Fatimids under the leadership of vizier Shawar set fire to Fustat to prevent Cairo's capture by the Crusaders.{{harvnb|Daly|Petry|1998|p=213}} Egypt's capital was permanently moved to Cairo, which was eventually expanded to include the ruins of Fustat and the previous capitals of al-Askar and al-Qatta'i. As al Qahira expanded these earlier settlements were encompassed, and have since become part of the city of Cairo as it expanded and spread; they are now collectively known as "Old Cairo".While the Fustat fire successfully protected the city of Cairo, a continuing power struggle between Shawar, King Amalric I of Jerusalem, and the Zengid general Shirkuh led to the downfall of the Fatimid establishment.{{harvnb|Daly|Petry|1998|pp=213–15}}In 1169, Saladin was appointed as the new vizier of Egypt by the Fatimids and two years later he seized power from the family of the last Fatimid caliph, al-'Āḍid.{{harvnb|Daly|Petry|1998|p=215}} As the first Sultan of Egypt, Saladin established the Ayyubid dynasty, based in Cairo, and aligned Egypt with the Abbasids, who were based in Baghdad.{{harvnb|Shillington|2005|p=438}} During his reign, Saladin constructed the Cairo Citadel, which served as the seat of the Egyptian government until the mid-19th century.File:Cairo-citadel-1800s.jpg|thumb|left|The Cairo Citadel, seen above in the late 19th century, was commissioned by alt=A multi-domed mosque dominates the walled Citadel, with ruined tombs and a lone minaret in front.(File:قلعة محمد على.jpg|thumb|left|Cairo Citadel)In 1250, slave soldiers, known as the Mamluks, seized control of Egypt and like many of their predecessors established Cairo as the capital of their new dynasty. Continuing a practice started by the Ayyubids, much of the land occupied by former Fatimid palaces was sold and replaced by newer buildings.{{harvnb|Raymond|2000|p=122}} Construction projects initiated by the Mamluks pushed the city outward while also bringing new infrastructure to the centre of the city.{{harvnb|Raymond|2000|pp=120–28}} Meanwhile, Cairo flourished as a centre of Islamic scholarship and a crossroads on the spice trade route among the civilisations in Afro-Eurasia. By 1340, Cairo had a population of close to half a million, making it the largest city west of China.{{harvnb|Shillington|2005|p=199}}The historic traveler Ibn Battuta. The Travels of Ibn Battuta, p. 13, 225. Trans. Samuel Lee. Cosimo, 2009. Print. Ibn Battuta traveled thousands of miles during the course of his trek. One city he stopped in was Cairo, Egypt. One significant note Ibn Battuta made was that Cairo was the principal district of Egypt, meaning Cairo was Egypt's most important and most influential city (Ibn Battuta, 2009). Ibn Battuta also acknowledges the importance of the Nile river to all of Egypt, including Cairo, as he often traveled via boat to arrive at Cairo and to leave to continue his journey. The Nile was not just a means for transportation, it was the source of a plethora of other tangibles as well. The Nile's most influential attribute was its ability to sustain rich soil for agriculture. Part of the Agricultural Revolution thrived in Egypt, predominantly off the back of the Nile. The Nile also served as a source of food and a pathway for trade. Without it, the Egypt we know today wouldn't have been the same. One of Ibn Battuta's most detailed accounts in Cairo involves a plague that was devastating the city. Today, this plague is known as the Bubonic Plague, or the Black Death. It is believed to have arrived in Egypt in 1347, and as Ibn Battuta recalls, the Bubonic plague was responsible for the deaths of between 1 and 20,000 people a day in Cairo The Travels of Ibn Battuta. UC Berkeley: Berkeley ORIAS, 2018. Electronic.(Berkeley ORIAS, 2018) (Ibn Battuta, 2009). The plague originated in Asia and spread via flees on rodents, such as rats (Berkeley ORIAS, 2018). The plague would end up spreading to all of Eurasia and wiped out any civilizations that were in its path. It is estimated that somewhere between 75 and 200 million people total died from the plague.

Ottoman rule

{{Further|History of Ottoman Egypt}}{{See also|Muhammad Ali's seizure of power}}(File:Georg Macco Kairo.jpg|thumb|Cairo in the 19th century)Although Cairo avoided Europe's stagnation during the Late Middle Ages, it could not escape the Black Death, which struck the city more than fifty times between 1348 and 1517.{{harvnb|Shoshan|2002|p=4}} During its initial, and most deadly waves, approximately 200,000 people were killed by the plague,{{harvnb|Byrne|2004|pp=104–05}} and, by the 15th century, Cairo's population had been reduced to between 150,000 and 300,000.{{harvnb|Shoshan|2002|p=1}} The city's status was further diminished after Vasco da Gama discovered a sea route around the Cape of Good Hope between 1497 and 1499, thereby allowing spice traders to avoid Cairo.Cairo's political influence diminished significantly after the Ottomans supplanted Mamluk power over Egypt in 1517. Ruling from Constantinople, Sultan Selim I relegated Egypt to a province, with Cairo as its capital.{{harvnb|Shillington|2005|p=447}} For this reason, the history of Cairo during Ottoman times is often described as inconsequential, especially in comparison to other time periods.WEB,weblinkweblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20070606231911weblink">weblink dead, 6 June 2007, The University of Texas Centre for Middle Eastern Studies, Ottoman Cairo, 1995, Rose, Christopher, Linda Boxberger, Cairo: Living Past, Living Future, 30 July 2009, {{harvnb|Winter|1992|p=225}} However, during the 16th and 17th centuries, Cairo remained an important economic and cultural centre. Although no longer on the spice route, the city facilitated the transportation of Yemeni coffee and Indian textiles, primarily to Anatolia, North Africa, and the Balkans. Cairene merchants were instrumental in bringing goods to the barren Hejaz, especially during the annual hajj to Mecca.{{harvnb|İnalcık|Faroqhi|Quataert|McGowan|1997|pp=507–09}} It was during this same period that al-Azhar University reached the predominance among Islamic schools that it continues to hold today;{{harvnb|Winter|2004|p=115}}{{harvnb|Daly|Petry|1998|pp=94–95}} pilgrims on their way to hajj often attested to the superiority of the institution, which had become associated with Egypt's body of Islamic scholars.{{harvnb|Winter|2004|pp=115–7}} By the 16th century, Cairo also had high-rise apartment buildings where the two lower floors were for commercial and storage purposes and the multiple stories above them were rented out to tenants.BOOK, Traditional Islamic principles of built environment, Hisham, Mortada, Routledge, 2003, 978-0-7007-1700-2, viii, harv, Under the Ottomans, Cairo expanded south and west from its nucleus around the Citadel.{{harvnb|Winter|1992|p=226}} The city was the second-largest in the empire, behind Constantinople, and, although migration was not the primary source of Cairo's growth, twenty percent of its population at the end of the 18th century consisted of religious minorities and foreigners from around the Mediterranean.{{harvnb|Winter|1992|pp=226–27}} Still, when Napoleon arrived in Cairo in 1798, the city's population was less than 300,000, forty percent lower than it was at the height of Mamluk—and Cairene—influence in the mid-14th century.The French occupation was short-lived as British and Ottoman forces, including a sizeable Albanian contingent, recaptured the country in 1801. Cairo itself was besieged by a British and Ottoman force culminating with the French surrender on 22 June 1801.{{harvnb|Sicker|2001|p=103}} The British vacated Egypt two years later, leaving the Ottomans, the Albanians, and the long-weakened Mamluks jostling for control of the country.{{harvnb|Sicker|2001|p=104}}{{harvnb|Afaf Lutfi Sayyid-Marsot|1984|p=39}} Continued civil war allowed an Albanian named Muhammad Ali Pasha to ascend to the role of commander and eventually, with the approval of the religious establishment, viceroy of Egypt in 1805.{{harvnb|Sicker|2001|pp=104–05}}

Modern era

{{Further|History of Egypt under the Muhammad Ali dynasty|History of modern Egypt}}{{Historical populations|1950|2,493,514|1960|3,680,160|1970|5,584,507|1980|7,348,778|1990|9,892,143|2000|13,625,565|2010|16,899,015|2019|20,484,965|align=right|footnote=for Cairo Agglomeration:WEB,weblink, Cairo population, 12 August 2019, https:web.archive.org/web/20190709230940weblink 9 July 2019, live, }}File:كوبري قصر النيل القاهرة.jpg|thumb|left|Qasr El Nil BridgeQasr El Nil BridgeUntil his death in 1848, Muhammad Ali Pasha instituted a number of social and economic reforms that earned him the title of founder of modern Egypt.{{harvnb|Afaf Lutfi Sayyid-Marsot|1984|p=1}}{{harvnb|McGregor|2006|p=53}} However, while Muhammad Ali initiated the construction of public buildings in the city,{{harvnb|Shillington|2005|p=437}} those reforms had minimal effect on Cairo's landscape.{{harvnb|Raymond|2000|pp=291, 302}} Bigger changes came to Cairo under Isma'il Pasha (r. 1863–1879), who continued the modernisation processes started by his grandfather. Roman Adrian Cybriwsky, Capital Cities around the World: An Encyclopedia of Geography, History, and Culture, ABC-CLIO, USA, 2013, p. 76 Drawing inspiration from Paris, Isma'il envisioned a city of maidans and wide avenues; due to financial constraints, only some of them, in the area now composing Downtown Cairo, came to fruition.{{harvnb|Raymond|2000|pp=313–4}} Isma'il also sought to modernize the city, which was merging with neighboring settlements, by establishing a public works ministry, bringing gas and lighting to the city, and opening a theater and opera house.{{harvnb|Raymond|2000|pp=311–3}}{{harvnb|Abu-Lughod|1965|pp=436–44}}The immense debt resulting from Isma'il's projects provided a pretext for increasing European control, which culminated with the British invasion in 1882. The city's economic centre quickly moved west toward the Nile, away from the historic Islamic Cairo section and toward the contemporary, European-style areas built by Isma'il.{{harvnb|Abu-Lughod|1965|pp=429–31, 455–57}}{{harvnb|Hourani|Khoury|Wilson|2004|p=317}} Europeans accounted for five percent of Cairo's population at the end of the 19th century, by which point they held most top governmental positions.{{harvnb|Abu-Lughod|1965|p=431}}File:CH-NB - Aegypten, Kairo und Nil - Eduard Spelterini - EAD-WEHR-32043-B.tif|thumb|Aerial view 1904 from a balloon where the Egyptian MuseumEgyptian MuseumFile:View of the Nile from Hilton.jpg|thumb|right|View of the 6th October Bridge6th October Bridge(File:Nile view from Marriott.jpg|thumb|right|Nile view from the Cairo Marriott Hotel.)The British occupation was intended to be temporary, but it lasted well into the 20th century. Nationalists staged large-scale demonstrations in Cairo in 1919, five years after Egypt had been declared a British protectorate.{{harvnb|Hourani|Khoury|Wilson|2004|p=12}} Nevertheless, while this led to Egypt's independence in 1922, British troops remained in the country until 1956. During this time, urban Cairo, spurred by new bridges and transport links, continued to expand to include the upscale neighbourhoods of Garden City, Zamalek, and Heliopolis.{{harvnb|Raymond|2000|pp=326–29}} Between 1882 and 1937, the population of Cairo more than tripled—from 347,000 to 1.3 million{{harvnb|Raymond|2000|p=319}}—and its area increased from {{convert|10|to|163|km2|sqmi|0}}.{{harvnb|Raymond|2000|p=322}}The city was devastated during the 1952 riots known as the Cairo Fire or Black Saturday, which saw the destruction of nearly 700 shops, movie theaters, casinos and hotels in Downtown Cairo.JOURNAL,weblink ar:خسائر الحريق, 12 May 2010, Al-Ahram, The Fire Damage, Arabic, 4 February 2011, harv, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110512021201weblink">weblink 12 May 2011, The British departed Cairo following the Egyptian Revolution of 1952, but the city's rapid growth showed no signs of abating. Seeking to accommodate the increasing population, President Gamal Abdel Nasser redeveloped Maidan Tahrir and the Nile Corniche, and improved the city's network of bridges and highways.{{harvnb|Raymond|2000|p=349}} Meanwhile, additional controls of the Nile fostered development within Gezira Island and along the city's waterfront. The metropolis began to encroach on the fertile Nile Delta, prompting the government to build desert satellite towns and devise incentives for city-dwellers to move to them.{{harvnb|Raymond|2000|pp=343–45}}Cairo's population has doubled since the 1960s, reaching close to seven million (with an additional ten million in its urban area). Concurrently, Cairo has established itself as a political and economic hub for North Africa and the Arab world, with many multinational businesses and organisations, including the Arab League, operating out of the city.In 1992, Cairo was hit by an earthquake causing 545 deaths, 6,512 injuries and 50,000 people homeless.WEB,weblink NGDC page on the Cairo earthquake, 9 June 2010,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20130901120521weblink">weblink 1 September 2013, live, dmy-all, Today, Cairo serves as the national capital of Egypt, so it is fair to say it still holds major importance. Many things have changed since Ibn Battuta trekked through the city during his travels. Today, Cairo has taken a major step forward in urbanization as most Cairenes now live in apartment buildings. Because of the influx of people in the city, lone standing houses are rare to find, and apartment buildings accommodate for the limited space and abundance of people. In fact, lone standing houses are symbolic of the wealthy. Formal education has also become very important to those in the city of Cairo. Just as in the United States, there are twelve years of formal education. Cairenes also take an apprehension test similar to the SAT to help them further their education and become accepted to a higher institution. However, most children do not finish school and opt to pick up a trade to enter the work force.Life in Modern Cairo. The University of Texas at Austin-College of Liberal Arts, Electronic. The civil rights movement for women in Cairo has been a long and troubling battle for many years now. Women face constant discrimination, harassment, and abuse throughout Cairo. The situation is so bad in Cairo that it has even been named the most dangerous megacity for women in the world Cairo 'Most Dangerous' Megacity for Women – Survey. BBC News, 2017. Electronic.(BBC News, 2017). Cairo has also been influenced by modern western civilization. As one travels through modern Cairo, it is not unusual to come across McDonald's, Arby's, Pizza Hut, Subway, and Kentucky Fried Chicken. There are even large scale western restaurants in Cairo, such as Chili's and T.G.I. Friday's. Of course, the majority of restaurants serve Egyptian and Middle Eastern dishes, but the fact remains that certain aspects of western civilization have crossed the Atlantic and reached the city of Cairo. Sadly, Egypt is one of the poorer countries in the Middle East, with almost half the population living on $2 or less a day Mitchell Hartman. On Rich and Poor in Egypt. Marketplace, 2011. Electronic.(Hartman, 2011). However, from the income the country does make, most of it does come from Cairo, as the majority of the countries manufacturing headquarters are located there. Today's Cairo has clearly evolved since Ibn Battuta made his way through the ancient city. Cairo has made advances in some aspects of daily life, and taken steps backwards in others. However, with that being said, Cairo is still one of the most influential cities in all of Egypt.(File:The lion of Egyptian revolution (Qasr al-Nil Bridge)-edit2.jpg|left|thumb|upright|A protester holding an Egyptian flag during the protests that started on 25 January 2011)

2011 Egyptian revolution

Cairo's Tahrir Square was the focal point of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution against former president Hosni Mubarak.NEWS, BBC News,weblink Egypt protests: Anti-Mubarak demonstrators arrested, 26 January 2011, 26 January 2011,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110126195024weblink">weblink 26 January 2011, live, dmy-all, Over 2 million protesters were at Cairo's Tahrir square. More than 50,000 protesters first occupied the square on 25 January, during which the area's wireless services were reported to be impaired.WEB,weblink Egyptians report poor communication services on Day of Anger, Almasry Alyoum, 25 January 2011, 25 January 2011, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110130064424weblink">weblink 30 January 2011, In the following days Tahrir Square continued to be the primary destination for protests in CairoNEWS, BBC News,weblink Egypt protests: curfew defied in Cairo and other cities, 29 January 2011, 29 January 2011,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110129055957weblink">weblink 29 January 2011, live, dmy-all, as it took place following a popular uprising that began on Tuesday, 25 January 2011 and continued until June 2013. The uprising was mainly a campaign of non-violent civil resistance, which featured a series of demonstrations, marches, acts of civil disobedience, and labour strikes. Millions of protesters from a variety of socio-economic and religious backgrounds demanded the overthrow of the regime of Egyptian President Hosni Mubarak. Despite being predominantly peaceful in nature, the revolution was not without violent clashes between security forces and protesters, with at least 846 people killed and 6,000 injured. The uprising took place in Cairo, Alexandria, and in other cities in Egypt, following the Tunisian revolution that resulted in the overthrow of the long-time Tunisian president Zine El Abidine Ben Ali.NEWS,weblink The Guardian, Zine al-Abidine Ben Ali forced to flee Tunisia as protesters claim victory, Chrisafis, Angelique, 15 January 2011, 23 April 2018, Black, Ian,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110115053940weblink">weblink 15 January 2011, live, dmy-all, On 11 February, following weeks of determined popular protest and pressure, Hosni Mubarak resigned from office.

Post-revolutionary Cairo

Under the rule of President el-Sisi, in March 2015 plans were announced for another yet-unnamed planned city to be built further east of the existing satellite city of New Cairo, intended to serve as the new capital of Egypt.NEWS, Egypt unveils plans to build new capital east of Cairo,weblink BBC News, 13 March 2015, 14 March 2015,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20150313202550weblink">weblink 13 March 2015, live, dmy-all,

Geography

File:Cairo Nile River.jpg|thumb|right|The river NileNileFile:Zamalek Arial.jpg|thumb|right|Aerial view looking south, with the Zamalek and Gezira districts on Gezira Island, surrounded by the NileNileCairo is located in northern Egypt, known as Lower Egypt, {{convert|165|km|mi|-1}} south of the Mediterranean Sea and {{convert|120|km|mi}} west of the Gulf of Suez and Suez Canal.WEB,weblink WolframAlpha, Wolfram Research, 10 September 2009, Cairo to Suez,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110811211550weblink">weblink 11 August 2011, live, dmy-all, The city lies along the Nile River, immediately south of the point where the river leaves its desert-bound valley and branches into the low-lying Nile Delta region. Although the Cairo metropolis extends away from the Nile in all directions, the city of Cairo resides only on the east bank of the river and two islands within it on a total area of {{convert|453|km2|sqmi}}.WEB,weblink Cairo Governorate, 10 September 2009, Cairo Maps, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20090419130737weblink">weblink 19 April 2009, WEB,weblink City Population, Brinkhoff, Thomas, 12 September 2009, Egypt: Governorates & Cities,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20130902164545weblink">weblink 2 September 2013, live, dmy-all, Until the mid-19th century, when the river was tamed by dams, levees, and other controls, the Nile in the vicinity of Cairo was highly susceptible to changes in course and surface level. Over the years, the Nile gradually shifted westward, providing the site between the eastern edge of the river and the Mokattam highlands on which the city now stands. The land on which Cairo was established in 969 (present-day Islamic Cairo) was located underwater just over three hundred years earlier, when Fustat was first built.{{harvnb|Collins|2002|p=125}}Low periods of the Nile during the 11th century continued to add to the landscape of Cairo; a new island, known as Geziret al-Fil, first appeared in 1174, but eventually became connected to the mainland. Today, the site of Geziret al-Fil is occupied by the Shubra district. The low periods created another island at the turn of the 14th century that now composes Zamalek and Gezira. Land reclamation efforts by the Mamluks and Ottomans further contributed to expansion on the east bank of the river.{{harvnb|Collins|2002|p=126}}Because of the Nile's movement, the newer parts of the city—Garden City, Downtown Cairo, and Zamalek—are located closest to the riverbank.WEB,weblink Ten Facts about Cairo, Egypt, Amanda Briney, 20 February 2011, Geography of Cairo, About.com, 14 July 2012,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20120328101627weblink">weblink 28 March 2012, live, dmy-all,
The areas, which are home to most of Cairo's embassies, are surrounded on the north, east, and south by the older parts of the city. Old Cairo, located south of the centre, holds the remnants of Fustat and the heart of Egypt's Coptic Christian community, Coptic Cairo. The Boulaq district, which lies in the northern part of the city, was born out of a major 16th-century port and is now a major industrial centre. The Citadel is located east of the city centre around Islamic Cairo, which dates back to the Fatimid era and the foundation of Cairo. While western Cairo is dominated by wide boulevards, open spaces, and modern architecture of European influence, the eastern half, having grown haphazardly over the centuries, is dominated by small lanes, crowded tenements, and Islamic architecture.
Northern and extreme eastern parts of Cairo, which include satellite towns, are among the most recent additions to the city, as they developed in the late-20th and early-21st centuries to accommodate the city's rapid growth. The western bank of the Nile is commonly included within the urban area of Cairo, but it composes the city of Giza and the Giza Governorate. Giza has also undergone significant expansion over recent years, and today the city, although still a suburb of Cairo, has a population of 2.7 million. The Cairo Governorate was just north of the Helwan Governorate from 2008 when some Cairo's southern districts, including Maadi and New Cairo, were split off and annexed into the new governorate,NEWS,weblink al-Ahram Weekly, Leila, Reem, 894, 24–30 April 2008, 12 September 2009, Redrawing the Map, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20090810065313weblink">weblink 10 August 2009, to 2011 when the Helwan Governorate was reincorporated into the Cairo Governorate.{{wide image|Panocairo1.jpg|900px|A panorama of the Nile in central Cairo showing the west side of Gezira Island, located in the middle of the Nile, with the Cairo Tower in the middle, the 6th October Bridge on the far left and El Galaa Bridge on the far right.}}According to the World Health Organization, the level of air pollution in Cairo is nearly 12 times higher than the recommended safety levelWEB,weblink Archived copy, 3 June 2019,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20190529043115weblink">weblink 29 May 2019, live,

Climate

In Cairo, and along the Nile River Valley, the climate is a hot desert climate (BWh according to the Köppen climate classification systemWEB,weblink World Map of Köppen-Geiger Climate Classification, Köppen-Geiger, 22 January 2010,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20111017125921weblink">weblink 17 October 2011, live, dmy-all, ). Wind storms can be frequent, bringing Saharan dust into the city, from March to May (see Khamasin) and the air often becomes uncomfortably dry. High temperatures in winter range from {{convert|14|to|22|°C|0|abbr=on}}, while night-time lows drop to below {{convert|11|°C|0|abbr=on}}, often to {{convert|5|°C|0|abbr=on}}. In summer, the highs rarely surpass {{convert|40|°C|0|abbr=on}}, and lows drop to about {{convert|20|°C|0|abbr=on}}. Rainfall is sparse and only happens in the colder months, but sudden showers do cause harsh flooding. The summer months have high humidity due to its coastal location. Snowfall is extremely rare; a small amount of graupel, widely believed to be snow, fell on Cairo's easternmost suburbs on 13 December 2013, the first time Cairo's area received this kind of precipitation in many decades.NEWS, Biblical snowstorm: Rare flakes in Cairo, Jerusalem paralyzed by over a foot, Jason, Samenow, The Washington Post, 13 December 2013,weblink 22 August 2017,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20150903233952weblink">weblink 3 September 2015, live, dmy-all, Dewpoints in the hottest months range from {{convert|13.9|°C|0|abbr=on}} in June to {{convert|18.3|°C|0|abbr=on}} in August.{{Clear}}{{Cairo weatherbox}}(File:Cairo weather observations by French savants.jpg|thumb|Cairo weather observations by French savants)

Metropolitan area

{{See also|Greater Cairo|Cairo Governorate}}The Greater Cairo is the largest metropolitan area in Africa. It consists of Cairo Governorate, parts of Giza Governorate, and parts of Qalyubia Governorate.

Satellite cities

{{see also|Greater Cairo}}6th of October City, west of Cairo, and New Cairo, east of Cairo, are major urban developments which have been built to accommodate additional growth and development of the Cairo area."To Catch Cairo Overflow, 2 Megacities Rise in Sand" {{Webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20170311041220weblink |date=11 March 2017 }} article by Thanassis Cambanis in The New York Times 24 August 2010. Retrieved 25 August 2010 New development includes several high-end residential developments.Map of Greater Cairo & SODIC Developments {{Webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20100920070541weblink |date=20 September 2010 }}. Retrieved 25 August 2010Tahrir Square

Planned new capital

In March 2015, plans were announced for a yet-unnamed planned city to be built east of Cairo, in an undeveloped area of the Cairo Governorate, which would serve as the administrative and financial capital of Egypt.

Infrastructure

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Health

{{See also|List of hospitals in Egypt}}Cairo, as well as neighbouring Giza, has been established as Egypt's main centre for medical treatment, and despite some exceptions, has the most advanced level of medical care in the country. Cairo's hospitals include the JCI-accredited As-Salaam International Hospital—Corniche El Nile, Maadi (Egypt's largest private hospital with 350 beds), Ain Shams University Hospital, Dar Al Fouad, Nile Badrawi Hospital, 57357 Hospital, as well as Qasr El Eyni Hospital.

Education

Greater Cairo has long been the hub of education and educational services for Egypt and the region.Today, Greater Cairo is the centre for many government offices governing the Egyptian educational system, has the largest number of educational schools, and higher learning institutes among other cities and governorates of Egypt.Some of the International Schools found in Cairo:{{Further|List of schools in Egypt}}{{multiple image|total_width=400|align=rightheight1=2448caption1=Faculty of Engineering, Ain Shams Universityheight2=1712caption2=Faculty of Pharmacy, Ain Shams University}}File:Cairo UNI.jpg|thumb|Cairo University is the largest university in Egypt, and is located in GizaGizaFile:AUC New Library garden.jpg|thumb|Library building at the new campus of the American University of Cairo in New CairoNew CairoUniversities in Greater Cairo:{|class="wikitable sortable"|+ ! University! Date of FoundationAl-Azhar University>Al Azhar University|970–972|Cairo University|1908|American University in Cairo|1919|Ain Shams University|1950Arab Academy for Science and Technology and Maritime Transport>Arab Academy for Science & Technology and Maritime Transport|1972|Helwan University|1975|Sadat Academy for Management Sciences|1981|Higher Technological Institute|1989|Modern Academy In Maadi|1993|Misr International University|1996|Misr University for Science and Technology|1996|Modern Sciences and Arts University|1996|Université Française d'Égypte|2002|German University in Cairo|2003|Arab Open University|2003|Canadian International College|2004|British University in Egypt|2005|Ahram Canadian University|2005|Nile University|2006|Future University in Egypt|2006

Transportation

File:Nasr road.jpg|thumb|right|The Autostrade in Nasr CityNasr CityFile:Ramses-Station.jpg|thumb|right|The interior of Ramses StationRamses Station{{multiple image|total_width=400|align=rightheight1=1200caption1=Façade of Terminal 3 at Cairo International Airportheight2=960caption2=Departures area of Cairo International Airport's Terminal 1}}Cairo has an extensive road network, rail system, subway system and maritime services. Road transport is facilitated by personal vehicles, taxi cabs, privately owned public buses and Cairo microbuses. Cairo, specifically Ramses Square, is the centre of almost the entire Egyptian transportation network.BOOK, Travel Cairo, 2007, MobileReference, 978-1-60501-055-7,weblink 44, The subway system, officially called "Metro (مترو)", is a fast and efficient way of getting around Cairo. Metro network covers Helwan and other suburbs. It can get very crowded during rush hour. Two train cars (the fourth and fifth ones) are reserved for women only, although women may ride in any car they want.Trams in Greater Cairo and Cairo trolleybus are former modes of transportation but were closed.An extensive road network connects Cairo with other Egyptian cities and villages. There is a new Ring Road that surrounds the outskirts of the city, with exits that reach outer Cairo districts. There are flyovers and bridges, such as the Sixth of October bridge that, when the traffic is not heavy, allow fast means of transportation from one side of the city to the other.Cairo traffic is known to be overwhelming and overcrowded.WEB,weblink Al-Ahram Weekly | Features | Reaching an impasse, Weekly.ahram.org.eg, 1 February 2006, 5 May 2009, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20090420135315weblink">weblink 20 April 2009, Traffic moves at a relatively fluid pace. Drivers tend to be aggressive, but are more courteous at junctions, taking turns going, with police aiding in traffic control of some congested areas.In 2017 plans to construct two monorail systems were announced, one linking October City to suburban Giza, a distance of 35km, and the other linking Nasr City to New Cairo, a distance of 52km.WEB,weblink Egypt to build country’s first ever monorail in Cairo, Tawfeek, Fahrah, 21 December 2017, www.egyptindependent.com, 29 May 2019,weblink 29 May 2019, live, NEWS,weblink Cairo monorail trains to be built in UK, 28 May 2019, BBC News, 29 May 2019, en-GB,weblink 29 May 2019, live,

Other forms of transport

Sports

File:Cairo International Stadium.jpg|thumb|Cairo International StadiumCairo International StadiumFootball is the most popular sport in Egypt, and Cairo has a number of sporting teams that compete in national and regional leagues. The best known teams are Al Ahly, El Zamalek and Al-Ismaily. Al Ahly and El Zamalek annual football tournament is perhaps the most watched sports event in Egypt as well as the African-Arab region. Both teams are known as the "rivals" of Egyptian football, and are the first and the second champions in Africa and the Arab world. They play their home games at Cairo International Stadium or Naser Stadium, which is Egypt's 2nd largest stadium, Cairo's largest one and one of the largest stadiums in the world.The Cairo International Stadium was built in 1960 and its multi-purpose sports complex that houses the main football stadium, an indoor stadium, several satellite fields that held several regional, continental and global games, including the African Games, U17 Football World Championship and was one of the stadiums scheduled that hosted the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations which was played in January 2006. Egypt later won the competition and went on to win the next edition In Ghana (2008) making the Egyptian and Ghanaian national teams the only teams to win the African Nations Cup Back to back which resulted in Egypt winning the title for a record number of six times in the history of African Continental Competition. This was followed by a third consecutive win in Angola 2010, making Egypt the only country with a record 3-consecutive and 7-total Continental Football Competition winner. This achievement had also placed the Egyptian football team as the #9 best team in the world's FIFA rankings.Cairo failed at the applicant stage when bidding for the 2008 Summer Olympic Games, which was hosted in Beijing, China. However, Cairo did host the 2007 Pan Arab Games.There are several other sports teams in the city that participate in several sports including el Gezira Sporting Club, el Shams Club, el Seid Club, Heliopolis Club and several smaller clubs, but the biggest clubs in Egypt (not in area but in sports) are Al Ahly and Al Zamalek. They have the two biggest football teams in Egypt. There are new sports clubs in the area of New Cairo (one hour far from Cairo's down town), these are Al Zohour sporting club, Wadi Degla sporting club and Platinum Club.Most of the sports federations of the country are also located in the city suburbs, including the Egyptian Football Association. The headquarters of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) was previously located in Cairo, before relocating to its new headquarters in 6 October City, a small city away from Cairo's crowded districts.In October 2008, the Egyptian Rugby Federation was officially formed and granted membership into the International Rugby Board.Egypt is internationally known for the excellence of its squash players who excel in both professional and junior divisions. Egypt currently has seven players in the top ten of the PSA men's world rankings, and three in the women's top ten. Mohamed El Shorbagy held the world number one position for more than a year before being overtaken by compatriot Karim Abdel Gawad, who is currently number two behind Gregory Gaultier of France. Ramy Ashour and Amr Shabana are regarded as two of the most talented squash players in history. Shabana won the World Open title four times and Ashour twice, although his recent form has been hampered by injury. Egypt's Nour El Sherbini has won the Women's World Championship twice and has been women's world number one for 16 consecutive months. On 30 April 2016, she became the youngest woman to win the Women's World Championship which was held in Malaysia. On April 2017 she retained her title by winning the Women's World Championship which was held in the Egyptian resort of El Gouna.

Culture

Cultural tourism in Egypt

File:Historic Cairo-129003.jpg|thumb|Historic Cairo, declared World Heritage Site by UNESCOUNESCO

Cairo Opera House

File:Cairo opera house.jpg|right|thumb|Cairo Opera House, at the National Cultural Center, ZamalekZamalekPresident Mubarak inaugurated the new Cairo Opera House of the Egyptian National Cultural Centres on 10 October 1988, 17 years after the Royal Opera House had been destroyed by fire. The National Cultural Centre was built with the help of JICA, the Japan International Co-operation Agency and stands as a prominent feature for the Japanese-Egyptian co-operation and the friendship between the two nations.(File:ModernEgypt, Khedivial Opera House, BAP 25178.jpg|thumb|Khedivial Opera House 1869)

Khedivial Opera House

The Khedivial Opera House, or Royal Opera House, was the original opera house in Cairo. It was dedicated on 1 November 1869 and burned down on 28 October 1971. After the original opera house was destroyed, Cairo was without an opera house for nearly two decades until the opening of the new Cairo Opera House in 1988.

Cairo International Film Festival

Cairo held its first international film festival 16 August 1976, when the first Cairo International Film Festival was launched by the Egyptian Association of Film Writers and Critics, headed by Kamal El-Mallakh. The Association ran the festival for seven years until 1983.This achievement lead to the President of the Festival again contacting the FIAPF with the request that a competition should be included at the 1991 Festival. The request was granted.In 1998, the Festival took place under the presidency of one of Egypt's leading actors, Hussein Fahmy, who was appointed by the Minister of Culture, Farouk Hosni, after the death of Saad El-Din Wahba. Four years later, the journalist and writer Cherif El-Shoubashy became president.

Cairo Geniza

(File:Solomon Schechter.jpg|thumb|upright|Solomon Schechter studying documents from the Cairo Geniza, c. 1895)The Cairo Geniza is an accumulation of almost 200,000 Jewish manuscripts that were found in the genizah of the Ben Ezra synagogue (built 882) of Fustat, Egypt (now Old Cairo), the Basatin cemetery east of Old Cairo, and a number of old documents that were bought in Cairo in the later 19th century. These documents were written from about 870 to 1880 AD and have been archived in various American and European libraries. The Taylor-Schechter collection in the University of Cambridge runs to 140,000 manuscripts, a further 40,000 manuscripts are at the Jewish Theological Seminary of America.

Places of worship

Among the places of worship, they are predominantly Muslim mosques. Britannica,Egypt {{Webarchive|url=https://web.archive.org/web/20190708222509weblink |date=8 July 2019 }}, britannica.com, USA, accessed on July 7, 2019 There are also Christian churches and temples : Coptic Orthodox Church, Coptic Catholic Church (Catholic Church), Evangelical Church of Egypt (Synod of the Nile) (World Communion of Reformed Churches).

Economy

File:ColArchCairo.jpg|thumb|right|The statue of Talaat Pasha Harb in Downtown CairoDowntown CairoFile:National_Bank_of_Egypt.JPG|thumb|right|The NBE towers as viewed from the Nile.]]Cairo accounts for 11% of Egypt's population and 22% of its economy (PPP). The majority of the nation's commerce is generated there, or passes through the city. The great majority of publishing houses and media outlets and nearly all film studios are there, as are half of the nation's hospital beds and universities. This has fueled rapid construction in the city—one building in five is less than 15 years old.This growth until recently surged well ahead of city services. Homes, roads, electricity, telephone and sewer services were all in short supply. Analysts trying to grasp the magnitude of the change coined terms like "hyper-urbanization".

Cairo's automobile assembler and manufacturer

  • Arab American Vehicles CompanyWEB,weblink Arab American Vehicles Co, Aav.com.eg, 14 June 2010, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20101112035234weblink">weblink 12 November 2010, dmy,
  • (:de:Egyptian Light Transport Manufacturing Company|Egyptian Light Transport Manufacturing Company) (Egyptian NSU pedant)
  • Ghabbour GroupWEB,weblink Ghabbourauto.com, Ghabbourauto.com, 10 December 2011,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20111203160336weblink">weblink 3 December 2011, live, dmy-all, (Fuso, Hyundai and Volvo)
  • MCV Corporate GroupWEB,weblink Welcome to MCV Web Site, Mcv-eg.com, 14 June 2010,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20100516112739weblink">weblink 16 May 2010, live, dmy-all, (a part of the Daimler AG)
  • Mod CarWEB, TradeHolding.com B2B Network,weblink Panda, Buy from Mod Car. Egypt – Ash Sharqiyah – Middle East Business B2B Directory – Saudi Arabia, UAE, Bahrain Companies, Middle East Businesses, Products & Trade Leads, Arab Business, Gulfbusiness.tradeholding.com, 14 June 2010,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110717083119weblink">weblink 17 July 2011, live, dmy-all,
  • Seoudi GroupWEB,weblink Seoudi Group 1001 opportunities for investment in Egypt and Arab World, Seoudi.com, 14 June 2010,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20110201111144weblink">weblink 1 February 2011, live, dmy-all, (Modern Motors: Nissan, BMW (formerly); El-Mashreq: Alfa Romeo and Fiat)
  • SperanzaWEB,weblink اسبرانزا ايجيبت, Speranza Egypt, 14 June 2010, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20090830062334weblink">weblink 30 August 2009, dmy, WEB,weblink Welcome to Daewoo Motor Website, Aboulfotouh.com, 14 June 2010, dead,weblink" title="web.archive.org/web/20100131074224weblink">weblink 31 January 2010, (former Daewoo Motors Egypt; Chery, Daewoo)
  • General Motors Egypt

Cityscape

(File:Tahrir Square, Cairo, in the early morning - c.jpg|thumb|Tahrir Square in the early morning)

Historical sites and landmarks

For a complete list, see (:Category:Tourist attractions in Cairo|Visitor attractions in Cairo), List of mosques in Cairo
File:Kairo Ägyptisches Museum 04.jpg|thumb|Main entrance of the Egyptian MuseumEgyptian Museum(File:GD-EG-Caire-Musée007.JPG|thumb|Interior of the Egyptian Museum.)

Tahrir Square

Tahrir Square was founded during the mid 19th century with the establishment of modern downtown Cairo. It was first named Ismailia Square, after the 19th-century ruler Khedive Ismail, who commissioned the new downtown district's 'Paris on the Nile' design. After the Egyptian Revolution of 1919 the square became widely known as Tahrir (Liberation) Square, though it was not officially renamed as such until after the 1952 Revolution which eliminated the monarchy. Several notable buildings surround the square including, the American University in Cairo's downtown campus, the Mogamma governmental administrative Building, the headquarters of the Arab League, the Nile Ritz Carlton Hotel, and the Egyptian Museum. Being at the heart of Cairo, the square witnessed several major protests over the years. However, the most notable event in the square was being the focal point of the 2011 Egyptian Revolution against former president Hosni Mubarak.

Egyptian Museum

The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, known commonly as the Egyptian Museum, is home to the most extensive collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities in the world. It has 136,000 items on display, with many more hundreds of thousands in its basement storerooms. Among its most famous collections on display are the finds from the tomb of Tutankhamun.

Cairo Tower

The Cairo Tower is a free-standing tower with a revolving restaurant at the top. It provides a bird's eye view of Cairo to the restaurant patrons. It stands in the Zamalek district on Gezira Island in the Nile River, in the city centre. At {{convert|187|m|ft|abbr=off}}, it is {{convert|44|m|ft|abbr=off}} higher than the Great Pyramid of Giza, which stands some {{convert|15|km|0|abbr=off}} to the southwest.

Old Cairo

File:El-Moez Street-Old Cairo-Egypt.jpg|thumb|Muizz StreetMuizz StreetThis area of Cairo is so-named as it contains the remains of the ancient Roman fortress of Babylon and also overlaps the original site of Fustat, the first Arab settlement in Egypt (7th century AD) and the predecessor of later Cairo. The area includes the Coptic Cairo, which holds a high concentration of old Christian churches such as the Hanging Church, the Greek Orthodox Church of St. George, and other Christian or Coptic buildings, most of which are located over the site of the ancient Roman fortress. It is also the location of the Coptic Museum, which showcases the history of Coptic art from Greco-Roman to Islamic times, and of the Ben Ezra Synagogue, the oldest and best-known synagogue in Cairo, where the important collection of Geniza documents were discovered in the 19th century.{{harvnb|Williams|2008|p=43}} To the north of this Coptic enclave is the Amr ibn al-'As Mosque, the first mosque in Egypt and the most important religious center of what was formerly Fustat, founded in 642 AD right after the Arab conquest but rebuilt many times since.{{harvnb|Williams|2008|p=39}}

Islamic Cairo

(File:Cairo(js).jpg|thumb|right|alt=view from the citadel today|Cairo with a view of the Mosque of Sultan Hasan, as seen from the Citadel.)File:Al-Azhar (inside) 2006.jpg|upright|thumb|right|Al-Azhar MosqueAl-Azhar MosqueFile:El Hakim Mosque.jpg|thumb|Al Hakim MosqueAl Hakim MosqueFile:GD-EG-Caire-Suhaymi008.JPG|thumb|right|Bayt Al-SuhaymiBayt Al-SuhaymiCairo holds one of the greatest concentrations of historical monuments of Islamic architecture in the world.{{harvnb|Williams|2008| }} The areas around the old walled city and around the Citadel are characterized by hundreds of mosques, tombs, madrasas, mansions, caravanserais, and fortifications dating from the Islamic era and are often referred to as "Islamic Cairo", especially in English travel literature.e.g. {{harvnb|O'Neill_et_al|2012| }} It is also the location of several important religious shrines such as the al-Hussein Mosque (whose shrine is believed to hold the head of Husayn ibn Ali), the Mausoleum of Imam al-Shafi'i (founder of the Shafi'i madhhab, one of the primary schools of thought in Sunni Islamic jurisprudence), the Tomb of Sayyida Ruqayya, the Mosque of Sayyida Nafisa, and others.The first mosque in Egypt was the Mosque of Amr ibn al-As in what was formerly Fustat, the first Arab-Muslim settlement in the area. However, the Mosque of Ibn Tulun is the oldest mosque that still retains its original form and is a rare example of Abbasid architecture from the classical period of Islamic civilization. It was built in 876–879 AD in a style inspired by the Abbasid capital of Samarra in Iraq.{{harvnb|Williams|2008|pp=50–54}} It is one of the largest mosques in Cairo and is often cited as one of the most beautiful.{{harvnb|Williams|2008|p=50}}{{harvnb|O'Neill_et_al|2012|p=87}} Another Abbasid construction, the Nilometer on Rhoda Island, is the oldest original structure in Cairo, built in 862 AD. It was designed to measure the level of the Nile, which was important for agricultural and administrative purposes.Yeomans, Richard. 2006. The Art and Architecture of Islamic Cairo. Garnet Publishing, p 29.The settlement that was formally named Cairo (Arabic: al-Qahira) was founded to the northeast of Fustat in 959 AD by the victorious Fatimid army. The Fatimids built it as a separate palatial city which contained their palaces and institutions of government. It was enclosed by a circuit of walls, which were rebuilt in stone in the late 11th century AD by the vizir Badr al-Gamali,{{harvnb|Raymond|1993|p=62}} parts of which survive today at Bab Zuwayla in the south and Bab al-Futuh and Bab al-Nasr in the north.One of the most important and lasting institutions founded in the Fatimid period was the Mosque of al-Azhar, founded in 970 AD, which competes with the Qarawiyyin in Fes for the title of oldest university in the world.{{harvnb|Williams|2008|p=169}} Today, al-Azhar University is the foremost center of Islamic learning in the world and one of Egypt's largest universities with campuses across the country. The mosque itself retains significant Fatimid elements but has been added to and expanded in subsequent centuries, notably by the Mamluk sultans Qaitbay and al-Ghuri and by Abd al-Rahman Katkhuda in the 18th century.Other extant monuments from the Fatimid era include the large Mosque of al-Hakim, the al-Aqmar mosque, Juyushi Mosque, Lulua Mosque, and the Mosque of Salih Tala'i.The most prominent architectural heritage of medieval Cairo, however, dates from the Mamluk period, from 1250 to 1517 AD. The Mamluk sultans and elites were eager patrons of religious and scholarly life, commonly building religious or funerary complexes whose functions could include a mosque, madrasa, khanqah (for Sufis), a sabil (water dispensary), and a mausoleum for themselves and their families.Behrens-Abouseif, Doris. 2007. Cairo of the Mamluks: A History of Architecture and its Culture. Cairo: The American University in Cairo Press.Among the best-known examples of Mamluk monuments in Cairo are the huge Mosque-Madrasa of Sultan Hasan, the Mosque of Amir al-Maridani, the Mosque of Sultan al-Mu'ayyad (whose twin minarets were built above the gate of Bab Zuwayla), the Sultan Al-Ghuri complex, the funerary complex of Sultan Qaytbay in the Northern Cemetery, and the trio of monuments in the Bayn al-Qasrayn area comprising the complex of Sultan al-Mansur Qalawun, the Madrasa of al-Nasir Muhammad, and the Madrasa of Sultan Barquq. It is said that a lot of the columns found in mosques were taken from the Coptic churches because of their beautiful artistic carvings and placed in mosques.The Mamluks, and the later Ottomans, also built wikalas or caravanserais to house merchants and goods due to the important role of trade and commerce in Cairo's economy.{{harvnb|Raymond|1993|pp=90–97}} The most famous example still intact today is the Wikala al-Ghuri, which nowadays also hosts regular performances by the Al-Tannoura Egyptian Heritage Dance Troupe.{{harvnb|O'Neill_et_al|2012|p=81}} The famous Khan al-Khalili (see below) is a commercial hub which also integrated caravanserais (also known as khans).{{clear}}

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