Cairo is the capital of and, with a total population of Greater Cairo metropolitan area in excess of 16 million people, one of the largest cities in both and the .

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is the commercial heart of the modern city of .

Picture yourself in Egypt and you picture this. Imagine Ancient Egypt and this is where your mind will land.

is a district of modern that occupies the southern portion of the main island in the Nile within Cairo itself; in fact, gezira means "island" in Arabic.

is the name commonly given to the core of medieval , a part of the city remarkably different from the modern Downtown district and the suburbs to the west.


is a well-planned and leafy district of central , immediately south of the very centre of the modern city at .

The eastern districts of are a series of planned communities which have been built away from the congestion of historic Cairo.

are districts in suburb on the west bank of the Nile River, part of Greater .

is the extensive district of southern from the southern boundary of down to the precinct commonly known as Coptic Cairo.

a suburban district of , to the south of the city center on the eastern bank of the Nile, consists of two distinct areas, Old and New .

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Al-Azhar University is a university in , . is situated 4 km east of Cairo. Photo: Tentoila, Public domain.

The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities, known commonly as the Egyptian Museum or Museum of Cairo, in Cairo, Egypt, is home to an extensive collection of ancient Egyptian antiquities. Photo: Bs0u10e01, CC BY 3.0.

Cairo University, known as the Egyptian University from 1908 to 1940, and King Fuad I University from 1940 to 1952) is 's premier public university. is situated 4 km southwest of Cairo. Photo: Citadelite, Public domain.

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Al-Azhar Mosque, known simply in Egypt as Al-Azhar, is an mosque in . is situated 4 km east of Cairo. Photo: Francisco Anzola, CC BY 2.0.

Localities in the Area

Old Cairo is a historic area in , , which includes the site of a Roman-era fortress and of Islamic-era settlements pre-dating the Fatimid founding of proper in 969 A.D. is situated 4½ km south of Cairo. Photo: Baldiri, CC BY-SA 3.0.

Boulaq, is a district of , in . It neighbours , Azbakeya, and the River Nile. Photo: CaiEg, Public domain.

Bab al-Louq is a neighborhood in downtown . The Egyptian Ministry of Interior is located here. is situated 2 km southeast of Cairo.

El Sahel is an administrative region forming more than half of Shubra in , . is situated 4 km north of Cairo.


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