The Egyptian Museum, Wasim Hasan, Ismailia, Qasr El Nil, Egypt
Immerse yourself in the charm of the history of Egypt.
The Egyptian Museum of Cairo contains 120,000 artifacts. It houses the world’s largest collection of Pharaonic antiquities. An extensive collection of papyrus, Greek, Roman, and Islamic coins used in the Ancient World is located on the 1st floor. The best statue you will see is the Gold Mask of Tutankhamun.
The Citadel of Saladin was built by Saladin El Ayouby, towards the end of the 12th century. He was once a famous king and army leader.
In 1976, the citadel was listed on the UNESCO World Heritage Site List, and described as: “the new center of the Islamic world, reaching its golden age in the 14th century AD”
Upon the arrival of Muhammed Ali to Egypt and declaring his rule (1805-1848 AD), he built the very famous mosque in the citadel (Mosque of Mohammed Ali), which could be seen from a great distance. The mosque’s unique style is inspired by the famous Sultan Ahmed Mosque in Istanbul, Turkey.
Royal Palaces inside the Citadel.
Muhammed Ali also built two palaces; El Haramlik Palace and El Jawhara Palace, also known as Bijou Palace, both palaces were turned into museums, El Haramlik is currently the National Military Museum displaying the history of victorious military campaigns in Egypt since the Pharaonic era and until modern times.
Napoleon Bonapart described the Egyptian soldiers as: “the finest soldiers in the world”.
While el Jawhara is currently a museum displaying all the artwork originally in the palace as well as the royal furniture and tours the historic Coptic Christian churches of Old Cairo.
Until this day, it’s seen as a glorious monument of days long gone.
8:00 in the morning: your private Egyptologist Guide will be meeting you at the hotel to start the visit of the day, visiting: