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CAIRO

With a population well over 17 million and Africa's largest city, Egypt's capital has been settled for more than 6000 years and has served as the capital of numerous Egyptian civilizations. Cairo is known locally as Misr, the Arabic name for Egypt itself. We visited the Egyptian Museum which displays over 120,000 antiquities. Actually seeing many items from King Tut's tomb was extraordinary.

Outside the city's central area are the neighborhoods of Islamic Cairo known for their narrow streets, crowded markets (bazaars), and hundreds of mosques, many dating back to the medieval period. South of the Islamic district is Old Cairo, where some of the city's oldest architectural monuments can be found. Old Cairo is the home of Cairo's Coptic Christian community, and the site of the Coptic Museum and a number of Coptic churches.

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