05 August 2009

More of Cairo

A couple of the other sights of Cairo that we've been to see are the Gayer-Anderson Museum and Cairo Citadel.

The Gayer-Anderson Museum is a collection of antiques and artworks that are housed in a 16th century Egyptian house. Although the building had been beautifully restored and it's collections nicely displayed, the real reason we visited was because the building was used as a location in the James Bond film The Spy Who Loved Me.

The Citadel, which is dominated by the Mohammed Ali Mosque, is located on a rock outcrop and can be seen from all over the city.

Construction was started in 1176 to provide protection against the Crusaders and for the next 700 years it was used as a home for the rulers of the country. From the Citadel you get views over Cairo all the way through the haze to the Pyramids at Giza.

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