Cairo Governorate in Egypt

Cairo Governorate

Cairo governorate is located on the west bank of the River Nile in Egypt. It extends for 25 km along the Nile River. This governorate is bordered by Al-Qalyubiah governorate in the north, by Giza governorate in south, by Suez governorate in east and by the River Nile in west.

History of Cairo Governorate

Cairo _ it is one of the 27 governorates of Egypt and has the capital of Egypt located in. This governorate has a deep-rooted history and heritage as all the governorates located in the Nile Valley. The history of this governorate extends as long back as the history of civilization in Egypt.

The ancient Egyptian built a city called Memphis _ nowadays; this suburb is known as Mit Rahina, Giza Governorate. At that time, Memphis was the capital of Egypt.

Not far from Memphis, the ancient Egyptian built another city on the east bank of the River Nile _ Heliopolis. The ancient Egyptian called it “Iunu”. During this time, it was the capital of the 13th Nome of Lower Egypt and a major religious center. This Heliopolite Nome was situated in the area dedicated to the present Cairo governorate. Heliopolis greatly expanded under the Old and Middle Kingdoms. It was located in the nowadays Ayn Shams, a northeastern suburb of Cairo.

In Heliopolite nome, the Romans established a fortress town along the east bank of the Nile. This fortress, Babylon, was the nucleus of the Roman and then the Byzantine city. Nowadays, it forms as the oldest structure in Cairo. Many of Cairo’s oldest Coptic churches, including the Hanging Church, are located along that fortress walls in a section of the city which is known as Coptic Cairo.

Cairo Governorate After Arab Invasion

After the Muslim conquest of Egypt in 641, Amr ibn Al-As built Al-Fustat which became afterwards the capital of Egypt. Fustat is now located in the southern part of Cairo governorate.

Following the overthrow of the muslim Umayyad caliphate by the Abbasids in 750, the new rulers created their own settlement to the northeast of Fustat which became their capital. This was known as al-Askar as it was laid out like a military camp.

A rebellion in 869 by Ahmad ibn Tulun led to the abandonment of Al Askar and the building of another settlement. Later, this new settlement,

In 905, the Abbasids re-asserted control of the country and their governor returned to Fustat, razing al-Qatta’i to the ground.

In 969 by The Fatimid dynasty found another capital to include all the ancient national capitals in its walls. Its remains are still visible in parts of Old Cairo.

Since 1860s, Cairo expanded west as far as what is called now Midan Opera

Cairo Activities

So, here’s a comprehensive list of the activities and things to do in Cairo, Egypt. For your convenience, we’ve grouped these entries into five basic categories:

  • History Related/Sightseeing in Cairo
  • Also, Fun and Entertainments in Cairo

History-Related and Sightseeing Activities in Cairo

Cairo is situated at 456 km from Cairo, and at 7 km from Giza. For sure, this unique location, eventually, increases possibility to do a number of history-related activities and sightseeing tours. Also, it enables tourists to visit the monuments and attractions in cites of Beni Suef, El-Minya, El-Minya, Alexandria … etc.

The following is a list of the activities tourists can choose from. This list provides both the destination and the means of transportation to get the place:

Administrative Divisions of Cairo Governorate

The Cairo governorate is divided into the following administrative divisions:

  • 15 May City
  • Abdeen
  • El Darb El Ahmar
  • Ain Shams
  • Amreya
  • Azbakeya
  • El Basatin
  • El Gamaliya
  • Tura
  • El Khalifa
  • Maadi
  • El Marg
  • El Masara
  • Shubra
  • El Matareya
  • El Mokattam
  • Rod El Farag
  • El Muski
  • New Cairo
  • El Weili
  • El Nozha
  • Zamalek
  • El Sharabiya
  • El Shorouk
  • Bulaq
  • El Sahil
  • El Salam
  • Old Cairo
  • El Sayeda Zeinab
  • El Tebbin
  • Helwan
  • El Zaher
  • El Zawya El Hamra
  • Zeitoun
  • Bab El Sharia
  • Dar El Salam
  • Hada’iq El Qobbah
  • Nasr City
  • Heliopolis
  • Manshiyat Naser
  • Also, Qasr El Nil
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