News report | | 08/04/2022 | ±3 minutes reading time

The Egyptian capital Cairo is an authentic metropolis with 20 million inhabitants. There are many beautiful landmarks in the capital due to the rich history of Egypt. In this article, you can read more about the 7 most beautiful sites in Cairo, and how to apply for your Egypt visa.

The Pyramids of Giza

In Giza, a suburb of the Egyptian capital, you will find one of the most famous sights in Egypt, the Pyramids of Giza. The pyramid, which is almost 150 metres high, is also called the Pyramid of Cheops. It is surrounded by the somewhat smaller Pyramid of Khafre and the Pyramid of Menkaure. In addition to these three larger pyramids, there are several even smaller pyramids, called “Queen” pyramids. An experience you most certainly do not want to miss.

Cairo Tower

If you like heights, the Cairo Tower should not be missing from your list of attractions. The tower is 187 metres high and can be recognised by its different colours in the evening and at night. For the best view of Cairo, it is also a good idea to visit the tower, as the view is great when the sky is clear. You can even see the Pyramids of Giza.

National Museum of Egyptian Civilization

If you want to immerse yourself in antiquity during your trip to Egypt, the National Museum of Egyptian Civilization is a relevant place to visit. This museum was opened in 1858 and has many artefacts from Egyptian antiquity on display. For instance, there are many pharaohs’ grave goods, a mummy room and the golden mask of Tutankhamun. You can admire this beautiful collection after applying for your Egypt visa.

Coptic Quarter

Nowadays, Cairo is mainly Islamic, but in the past it was mainly a Coptic Orthodox City. The Coptic Quarter is known for its churches, as many Coptic Orthodox residents lived in this part of the city. This district is located south of the centre and has many quiet streets and synagogues. One of the main attractions in the Coptic Quarter is the ‘hanging church’, also known as the Church of the Holy Virgin Mary. This church has a beautiful courtyard with coloured mosaic walls.

Khan El-Khalili Bazaar

The Khan El-Khalili Bazaar is a local market in the historic centre of Cairo and is a tourist attraction. Here, you will find many handmade Egyptian souvenirs and jewellery. In addition, there is a lot of food sold on the streets and there are many coffee houses where you can drink delicious Arabic coffee. A visit to the bazaar is chaotic because it is visited by so many people. This does give you a taste of the life of the locals.

Heliopolis

Heliopolis is a suburb of Cairo that was built at the beginning of the 20th century. Here, you will find many palaces and buildings that have been built in the Heliopolis style. This architectural style is characterised by Oriental, Moorish, Arab and European elements. You will notice that there are large avenues, and that houses have large terraces and balconies with pillars in this area, which makes it a unique sight in Egypt. If you like architecture, a visit to Heliopolis is highly recommended.

Mosques in Cairo

There are many impressive mosques in the Egyptian capital that are definitely worth a visit when you are in Cairo. For example, you can visit a number of famous mosques, such as the Mohammed Ali Mosque in the Citadel, the Al-Aqmar Mosque and even the monumental Sultan Hassan Mosque.

Do not forget your Egypt visa

Before you can go on a holiday to Egypt, you need an Egypt visa. It only takes a few minutes to apply for your visa online through the application form. An Egypt visa costs £49.95 per person and is valid for 90 days. The maximum duration of stay for each visit to Egypt is 30 days. Your visa is valid from the moment your application is approved. This leaves you with plenty of time to visit this beautiful capital city.