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10 Fun Facts About Cairo, Egypt

Egypt’s bustling capital, Cairo is a home to a rich history dating back to Ancient Egypt. Cairo is in a central location for visiting a number of Ancient Egyptian sites and is a central part of the Arab World. Don’t know much about the city? Well, no worries – you’ve come to the right place! Here are 10 fun facts about Cairo:

    1. Cairo is the 2nd largest city in Africa
    2. Cairo is the largest city in the Middle East and the Arab world
    3. The Great Pyramids and the world-famous Sphinx are near Cairo and are visible from the city
    4. Tours inside the Pyramids happen on a daily basis (however, pictures aren’t allowed, and people aren’t allowed to climb the pyramids)
    5. The Egyptians built the Great Pyramids were built in 2560 B.C.
    6. Cairo has existed for roughly 3,000 years, and is a relatively young capital city by Egyptian standards
    7. The Museum of Egyptian Antiquities – commonly known as the Egyptian Museum or the Museum of Cairo – holds at least 120,000 Ancient Egyptian artifacts, including some from the tomb of King Tutankhamun
    8. The Egyptian Museum also holds the world’s largest collection of Pharaonic artifacts
    9. The Great Pyramids aren’t the only pyramids worth seeing near Cairo – Saqqara is located near southern Cairo and is home to the Step Pyramid, Egypt’s oldest pyramid
    10. Cairo became the capital of Egypt in 972 A.D.

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Briana Maddox View All →

As an recent college graduate who studied media studies and anthropology in college, Briana Maddox enjoys learning about different cultures, traditions, holidays, historical figures, experiences, and opinions. With a vested interest in sharing such learning experiences, Briana created Life & Anthropology in the hopes of helping other people gain a better understanding and working knowledge of such topics.

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