11 Photos Of Cairo That Will Make Your Jaw Drop

Whether you consider Cairo to be intriguing or infuriating, sublime or stinking, there’s no doubt that it’s picturesque. The following photos illustrate just what a city of contrasts Cairo is. From orderly mosques to gridlocked traffic, from neon lights to faded mosaics, it’s hard to keep your eyes off this frenetic, dynamic city. Here are 11 photos that prove it.

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Sunset between two minarets

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Coptic mosaic art at the “hanging church”

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Cairo skyline

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The courtyard of al Azhar mosque

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Sofitel Cairo

The Sofitel hotel, at the edge of Zamalek Island in central Cairo

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A Cairo market at sunset

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A felucca sailing on the Nile at sunset

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Neon-lit boats on the Nile embankment at night

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Leather shoes at a Cairo bazaar

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The green wooden minbar of the Great Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha

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Some of Cairo’s legendary traffic

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