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Saladin Citadel Of Cairo

Saladin Citadel of Cairo is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Egypt. This impressive fortress is considered one of the wonders of the ancient world. No hill rises above Muqattan, which was once famous for its magnificent and extensive views over Cairo.
Saladin Citadel of Cairo, Egypt

Perched on a steep spur, this heavily fortified bastion offers unparalleled views. Saladin Citadel is the work of military genius Sladina or Salah al-Din (Ayyubid ruler Salah al-Din), who is known for his fight against the Knights. Saladin wanted to erect massive bastion to protect his land from the employees of the cross.

The fort in Cairo was built in 12 century by Saladin and is emblematic of another period of great history in Egypt. Over the next 700 y. over Egypt stands Mugatan hill. Legend says that Saladin had chosen the site of the citadel because of the wind, which cools the air. Everywhere around the city meat spoils faster because of heat. Only on the hill of Saladin Citadel livestock products are kept for long.

For construction of the Citadel, Saladin used the most advanced weather technology. The walls are 10 meters high and 3 meters wide. The towers are rounded and curved to create the best chance for the defenders and for monitoring. Under the rule of the great malmuksk Sultan Al-Nasir Muhammad, were demolished many buildings of the Ayyubid, to build the complex to his desire, including several palaces, mosques and barracks for his army.
Mohamed Ali Mosuq at Saladin Citadel in Cairo

Bir Yusuf is the source that fed Saladin Citadel with water, but is currently closed to tourists. Most of the fortress built by Salah al-Din was destroyed in the invasion of Britain. Still under its control, towers were erected such as the powerful Burg al-Haddad and sand tower Burgar-Ramlab, which was three times greater. These towers guarded the narrow transition between the Citadel and the hill.

Today, almost nothing remains of the original fortress, with the exception of some of the firewalls. The centerpiece of the summit of the citadel of Saladin is given to the Mosque of Muhammad Ali. This mosque was built between 1828 and 1848 in memory of Tusun Pasha, the eldest son of Mohammed, who died in 1816. The mosque has two minarets, although the Ottoman law prohibits it. Behind this golden mosque, stands the elegant Mosque of al-Nasir Muhammad, which impresses with exquisite decorations and perfect proportions.

Today at Saladin Citadel, one can see many museums, ancient mosques and other structures, such as Al-Gawhara Palace, National military Museum, and Police Museum.
This is an amazing sight, filled with history and mistique, and one that no visitor to magical Egypt can afford to miss. It has become not only a landmark of Cairo,but a monument of the country’s rich history as well.

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Deal puts Cairo, the Pyramids and Petra at your feet

Deal puts Cairo, the Pyramids and Petra at your feet

This deal makes the mysterious Middle East accessible and affordable for those who want to see Egypt and Jordan.

Deal: Friendly Planet Travel has discounted its eight-day Pyramids and Petra Tour for departures between September and December so a couple can save $600.

The tour includes: round-trip flights from New York (JFK) on Royal Jordanian Airlines, fuel surcharges, arrival and departure transfers and all intra-Egypt flights and ground transportation; six nights’ lodging at first-rate hotels; daily breakfast, one lunch and one dinner; and sightseeing tour programs with English-speaking tour guides of the Pyramids and the Sphinx in Giza, Egypt, and the lost city of Petra (including a horseback ride and a walk through Siq, a narrow gorge flanked by enormous cliffs) in Jordan.

When:  $300 discount per person on bookings made before July 2, based on double occupancy.  Trip dates are: Sept. 4-11 for $1,699 and Oct. 9-16, Nov. 27-Dec. 4 and Dec. 4-11 for $1,799.

Tested:  All dates were available when I tested,  but if travelers wish to add on the optional three-night Dead Sea Spa Extension at the Movenpick Resort & Spa Dead Sea, the Nov. 27-Dec. 4 tour has the most availability.  The Dead Sea Spa extension costs $349 per person for these dates. Travelers must arrive in New York by the evening of their departure date (for an outbound flight departing JFK at 10:30 p.m.).  

Caveat:  Travel insurance is recommended and costs $129 per person for tours costing less than $5,000.  A non-refundable $300 per person is required to hold a reservation with payment in full due 75 days before departure. The $1,699 and $1,799 prices do not include $158 (for U.S. and foreign taxes/fees) or a $28 Egyptian visa fee per person.

Contact: Friendly Planet Travel, (800) 555-5765.

-Terry Gardner, Special to the Los Angeles Times

Photo: Cairo, near Khan el-Khalili bazaar. Credit: Willem Proos

By LA Times

Where to Go on Easter Holiday

The Easter holiday is a splendid holiday time! You can enjoy any sort of holiday at Easter; from adventure holiday, beach holidays to cultural Easter holiday. You can choose to fly a couple hours away from the city that you are staying to another city or just drive away from your city or even spent your Easter holiday just stay in town.

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Big Easter egg in Canada (able2know.org)

Big Easter egg in Canada (able2know.org)

There are a lot of activities can be done in Easter holiday. Easter breaks are also a good time for family time, and have some fun! On a good sunny temperature, you can go on swimming, hiking. Not only can you spend time together, but also being healthy. It will also be fun to plan your activities together.

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