Cairo – A One Of A Kind City
Cairo is one of the largest cities in the world. To be more precise, it is the 3rd largest, and 2nd most populated city in Africa. Cairo is the capital city of Egypt and the largest city of the country. The amazing city of Cairo is famous for different cultures, social classes under a robust natural environment making it a one of a kind African city!
As Islam is the dominant religion in this incredible city, it is called “The City of a Thousand Minarets”. This is because Islam is widely practiced in Cairo. However, it doesn’t mean people are not free in this city. Every person, religion and belief is highly respected in Cairo. (A minaret is a tower built into or next to a mosque.)
The City of Cairo is a historical city with a strong tie to the past. However, it also boasts a modern texture. A unique combination of history and modernity make Cairo among the most unique cities in the world. Here are some other incredible facts about Cairo:
The only city with a remaining ancient wonder of the world
As you probably know, Cairo is home to one of 7 ancient wonders of the world that still exists, The Pyramid of Giza. The other ancient wonders of world include The Statue of Zeus in Olympia in Greece, The Hanging Gardens of Babylon, The Mausoleum at Halicarnassus, The Temple of Artemis at Ephesus, and the Colossus of Rhodes, as well as the Lighthouse of Alexandria that do not exist today.
The Pyramid of Giza was built as a tomb for king Khufu. Everything about the tomb from its engineering, construction, size and scale is a sight to behold.
Home to One of the tallest hand-made structures
You are right, the Great Pyramid with a height of 146.7 meters is one of the tallest buildings in the world. It was the world’s tallest building made by human hands, before the Eiffel Tower was complete. More interestingly, the pyramid remained its status as the tallest structure for more than 3,000 years.
However, some historians have concluded that the Lincoln Cathedral dethroned the Great Pyramid of Giza.
Another interesting fact about this pyramid is that more than 2 million blocks of stone went into its construction. Also, it took around 20 years to construct. The Giza Necropolis also includes two other major pyramids.
Cairo has one of the world’s oldest universities
To study and earn a degree in Islamic law, grammar, logic, and rhetoric in 975 CE, you would have to enroll at the al-Azhar University being the only university in that time.
This University is the only university in the country operating like a modern university in the modern world. Today it is still offering undergraduate, postgraduate and graduate study programs.
Al- Azhar University is the second-largest institution of higher education in the world.
Home town of the first Arab writer who won Noble Prize in Literature
The City of Cairo is the home city of some renowned men and women. Among them, Naguib Mahfouz is one of the first contemporary writers of Arabic literature. A large number of his subject matter was on Egyptian nationalism.
Naguib Mahfouz won the Nobel Prize for Literature in 1988. He was born in Cairo in 1911.
Cairo has the largest food court in the world
Oasis restaurants and entertainment in Cairo is a paradise for food lovers! Imagine 41,000 m² of a variety of foods you could sample! This square offers 25 restaurants and can seat up to 4,223 patrons at a go.
It is a place where you can enjoy a meal and relax while the kids play in the beautiful kid’s zone. You can also go to the movies within the court.
Cairo has a variety of festivals
The amazing city of Cairo hosts a myriad of festival in different times of the year. Cairo holds festivals in film, music, art, culture, food, fashion, sports and a lot more. As well as learning about Cairo, the festivals are an addition to the pomp and exhilaration in the city.
Festivals in Cairo include the Cairo bites where you can sample national and international cuisine, Cairo’s fashion festival and Cairo jazz festival among others.
Cairo boasts one of the world’s most beautiful islands
The city of Cairo has several beautiful islands with some right in the middle of the city.
The Nile River runs through the city and of course through the islands. It has changed course over time such that some parts of the city are super close to the water! Garden City and Downtown Cairo are some parts of the city that can taste the water. Literally.
The beautiful Zamalek Island is located between Giza and downtown Cairo, while Roda Island is situated in central Cairo. These are only 2 of the at least 14 islands you could see while you are in Egypt and Cairo.
Home to some of the most famous bazaars
Khan el-Khalili is one of the most famous bazaars in Cairo giving an unforgettable experience to the tourists and locals alike. This souq’s layout is filled with alleyways that have created a shopping district. Here you will still see people who are making items from metal and silver.
The souq is a haven for tourists to buy souvenirs here while taking in the sights, sounds and color. The available collectibles include metal lampshades, papyrus pictures, antiques, and woven textiles.
It is said that Cairo is the cradle of mankind
Historians have found archeological evidence showing that Cairo and the larger Egypt is the cradle of civilization. Advanced buildings, ancient civilization, artefacts and way of life looked at through modern-day lenses reflect a people way too advanced for their time!
Home to amazing properties for sale
Today, Cairo is home to some of the most amazing properties for sale. For example, you can easily find apartments, villa, townhouse and other properties for sale in new Cairo in communities such as Uptown Cairo and Mivida.
Apartments and villas for sale in this amazing city offer a unique lifestyle that is deeply linked to the beautiful nature. This is what makes living in Cairo so unique and distinctive!