Tour returns to the original departure point
Explore the two lavish houses from the 16th and 17th centuries that were once occupied and restored by John Gayer-Anderson, who renovated and furnished the houses with antiques, artwork and oriental artefacts which he acquired during his travels. This unique museum was used as a location in the James Bond film, ‘The Spy Who Loved Me’.
In the morning, you will be picked up in an air-conditioned vehicle from your hotel in Cairo. Accompanied by a guide, you will be taken to the Islamic monuments of the city. You will visit the following sites:
• Ahmed Ibn Tulun Mosque: It is the third mosque built in Islamic Egypt. It was completed in 878 AD by Al Amir Ahmed Ibn Tulun, founder of the Tulunid Dynasty. The mosque is known for its varied gypsum ornamentations and engravings. It has a unique minaret with staircase from the outside.
• Al Azhar: It is the first mosque of Fatimide Cairo, built by Jawhar Al-Sekelli, commander of the armies of Al-Mo’ez le Din Allah. The mosque has three minarets, one if which is a twin minaret from the age of Sultan Al Gohari.
• Sultan Hassan School and Mosques: It is regarded as the pearl of Islamic architecture. It was set up by sultan Hassan Ibn Mohammed Ibn Qalawoun in the 14th century as a mosque and school for the four Islamic doctrines. It covers an area of 7,906 metre square, with a 38-metre high entrance - the most splendid entrance of Islamic monuments in Egypt.
• Gayer-Anderson Museum: The museum was founded in 1937 in two ancient residences, the Beit el-Kiridiliya from 1632 and the Beit Amna Bent Salim from 1540. In the museum, you will come across the private collection of Major Gayer-Anderson besides furniture, glassware, crystal, carpets, silks and embroidered Arab costumes. Several rooms on the third floor have been reconstructed to house the collections.
After exploring the Islamic monuments, you will be dropped back to your hotel in Cairo.
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