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City of the Dead (Northern Cemetery)

East of Sharia Salah Salem, Cairo 11511, Egypt
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Many magnificent funerary complexes are located here including the Mosque of Qaitbey (completed in 1474 AD), the Complex of Sultan Ashraf Barsbey and the Mausoleum of Ibn Barquq.
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East of Sharia Salah Salem, Cairo 11511, Egypt
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Reviewed 4 days ago

you will find amazing part of the Middles Eastern culture,Sufi Dancers (Twirling Dervishes) oh, Cairo is a best city except me being from Ethiopia didn't get the charm and good gestures of the people of Cairo like westerners get every time, every other thing is...More

Thank Amir T
Reviewed 6 days ago

As one review has stated, 'a city within a city' and that's exactly what you've got. It's a huge expanse of 'houses' which are actually family tombs. The place comes with street lights and electricity in the 'dwellings', some folk are living there! It's seriously...More

Thank toddman572001
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Wish we'd had longer here because this whole area is worth exploring for the forlorn architecture and the curiousity of people living in tombs. Some great photography later in the day when the sunlight turns the stone golden.

Thank shmooj
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

This place is a true wander! Please be respectful of the dead if you ever venture our here. Those living among the tombs are their keepers. Everyone living there is way under the poverty line, so please think of bringing provisions for them when visiting....More

Thank Hebatallah A
Reviewed 4 August 2017

This is a city within a city and sits at the bottom of the only mountain in Cairo; Mokattam. Highly recommended to visit here if you are in Cairo, especially if you have visited the Citadel of Saladin and the Mohammad Ali Mosque.

Thank dragostesun
Reviewed 2 July 2017

The tour driver will take you through the cemetery area, where they have tombs similar to those in New Orleans. Above ground and very ornate iron or wood work. This is where the similarity stops, since poor Egyptians live the the tomb area, rent free,...More

Thank TrixieBelle
Reviewed 2 June 2017

This area used to be desert, where the Memluk sultans preferred to be buried. Their huge tomb-complexes included places for dervish pilgrims, and required much upkeep - leading to an area where people live in apartment buildings interspersed with religious foundations and shrines.

Thank NicJBoston
Reviewed 24 May 2017

An interesting site but must be done together with a taxi driver and during day time as it can be dangerous otherwise as it is where drugs are sold and really poor people barely survive among the tombs, the livings are the real danger indeed.

Thank Arnaud R
Reviewed 16 May 2017

Now is the time to visit Egypt. the History and sights are stunning. We felt completely safe during our 9 day stay. I would strongly recommend Encounters Travel and our amazing guide Waleed Kamouna.

Thank Jaki O
Reviewed 5 May 2017

We drove by the cemetery but didn't go inside. I think it would have been interesting to go inside of the cemetery. Our guide explained some of the things we were seeing and explained about Egyptian burial practices.

Thank TexasFreqTraveler
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