Saturday, October 29, 2011

CANCELLED - Christmas 2011: Cairo, Egypt


Vis Cairo, Egypt - Christmas 2011 i et større kart
 Our trip to Cairo, December 2011, has been cancelled due to the current riots in the city. 

I am excited to travel to Cairo, Egypt this Christmas. Africas largest city is a major religious and cultural centre in the Middle East and the entire Arab world. The region house some of the most impressive monuments from human history, as the pyramids and the sphinx in Giza.
 
The Al Azhar Mosque goes back to 972. Photo: Daniel Mayer
Today Cairo has a population of around 6,7 million, but the metropolitan area has close to 20 million inhabitants, making it into one of the largest citys in the world.

The city's history goes back to 969 when the Fatimid Caliphate conquered Egypt from Tunisia and established a new fortified city northeast of Fustat, known as al-Manṣūriyyah, which later took its Modern name, Al-Qahira (Cairo) which was to serve as the new capital of the caliphate.

We are certainly going to visit these. Photo: Ikiwaner
Cairo is a religious and cultural melting pot and the capital of a liberated and revitalized democracy. This Egyptian spring has partly been a painful process, and lately there have been clashes between the Muslim majority and the Christian Coptic minority, that make up around 10 % of Egypt's population.

The Copts and Muslims have lived side by side for 1300 years. The Coptic Christian is one of the oldest Christian faiths may go as far back as the second century. These two faiths have left many important historic monuments in Cairo. We are certainy planning to see important historic sights from these two cultures.

But what would a visit to Cairo be without a visit to Giza to see the pyramids and the sphinx, and to see Tutankhamon at the Egyptian museum. And when we are tired, we can retire to our luxury room at the Kempinski Nile Hotel in the affluent Garden City area.

So I am convinced that this Christmas will be the best in years. I look forward to sharing my visits to historic sights, as well as culinary experiences with you here on Enjoy Food & Travel. 

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