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The Coptic Museum

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Mosque of Al-Azhar

The Coptic Museum and Mosque of Al-Azhar are both recommended by professional reviewers. On balance, The Coptic Museum ranks significantly higher than Mosque of Al-Azhar. The Coptic Museum ranks #1 in Cairo with praise from 5 reviews like Frommer's, Michelin Guide and Fodor's.

The Coptic Museum and Mosque of Al-Azhar are both recommended by professional reviewers. On balance, The Coptic Museum ranks significantly higher than Mosque of Al-Azhar. The Coptic Museum ranks #1 in Cairo with praise from 5 reviews like Frommer's, Michelin Guide and Fodor's.

tripexpert score
97
#1 in Cairo
location

Fakhry Abd el Nour street No4, Abbassia, Cairo, Egypt

endorsements
  • 5 endorsements
  • 1

    Frommer's 34

    The Coptic Museum, which opened originally back in 1910, has just emerged from an extensive refurbishment... and it's a must-see for anyone interested in the history of Egypt. Full Review →

  • 2

    Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

    A beautiful place, as much for the elaborate woodcarving in all the galleries as for the treasures they contain. Full Review →

  • 11

    Michelin Guide 55

    At the inauguration of the museum in 2006, President Mubarak stressed the importance of Coptic artistic heritage for Egypt, an opinion borne out by the stunning collections here. Full Review →

  • 14

    Concierge

    Contains such artifacts as funeral stelae carved with Coptic inscriptions, manuscripts... and examples of ivory, wood, pottery, and glass. A bridge between the art of ancient Egypt and the Islamic era.

  • 6

    Fodor's Tick Choice

    Housing the world's largest collection of Coptic Christian artwork, this museum provides a link between ancient and Islamic Egypt. Full Review →

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88
#4 in Cairo

El Hossein Square, Cairo, Egypt

  • 4 endorsements
  • 1

    Frommer's 35

    Completed in A.D. 972 (at the same time as the then-new city of Cairo), this mosque has since undergone many renovations, restorations, and additions. And though it may not be the most... Full Review →

  • 2

    Lonely Planet Tick Top Choice

    Founded in AD 970 as the centrepiece of the newly created Fatimid city, Al-Azhar is one of Cairo’s earlier mosques, and its sheikh is considered the highest theological authority for Egyptian Muslims. Full Review →

  • 11

    Michelin Guide 53

    The founding of this extremely ancient mosque (970) coincides with the birth of El-Qahira (Cairo), which the Fatimids made their capital Full Review →

  • 55

    Afar Magazine

    Visit El Azhar, the first Islamic University. Then, visit the Babs (ancient gates) and mosques of Cairo. Full Review →

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