240 Route 3. CAIRO. Disposition of Time.
traveller may succeed in visiting all the chief objects of interest in
six days, but it need hardly be said that a satisfactory insight into
Oriental life can not be obtained without a stay of several weeks.
Principal attractions when time is limited : — (a) In the Town.
Street-scenes (p. 244); Ezbekiyeh Garden (p. 258); Citadel (p. 262),
either about sunset, or before 11 a.m.; Tombs of the Khalifs
(p. 282) and Mamelukes (p. 327); the mosques of Sultan Hasan
(p. 260), 'Amr (p. 324) at Old Cairo, Ibn Tulun (p. 265), Kalaun
(p. 275), Barkukiyeh (p. 278), and El-Azhar (p. 287), the last
being shown only by permission obtained through the traveller's
consulate; Bab en-Nasr (p. 280); Museum at Bulak (p. 295). —
(b) In the Environs (by carriage). Pyramids of Gizeh (p. 340) ;
Heliopolis (p. 333) ; Shubra Avenue (p. 330); Tombs of Apis and
the Mastaba of Sakkara (p. 371).
The above outline will serve as a guide to those who are pressed
for time; a more leisurely visit may be arranged as follows: —•
First Day. Forenoon (by carriage, or on donkey-back): *Citadel
(p. 262), with *View of Cairo, and visit to the Gami' Mohammed
'Ali; Gami' Sultan Hasan (p. 260); Gami' ibn Tulun (p. 265);
Bab ez-Zuweleh (p. 272); Gami' el-Muaiyad (p. 272); street and
mosque of El-Ghuri (p. 274). —Afternoon: drive on the'Abbasiyeh
road to Kubbeh, Matariyeh, the Virgin's Tree, and Heliopolis (p.332).
Second Day. Forenoon (on donkey-back) : Bazaars (to which a
whole day may also be devoted on foot); Muristan Kalaun (p. 275);
tomb - mosque of the sultan Mohammed en-Nasir ibn Kalaun
(p. 277); Gami' Barkukiyeh (p. 278); Gami' el-Hakim (p. 279);
Bab en-Nasr (p. 280) ; Tombs of the Khalifs (p. 282). — After¬
noon (by carriage): Nile Bridge (p. 328; closed from 1 to 3
p. m.) ; garden and palace of Gezireh (p. 329 ; admission by tickets
procured at the traveller's consulate).
Third Day. Forenoon: Museum of Bulak (p. 295). — After¬
noon (on donkey-back, starting early in winter) : Moses' Spring
and the smaller Petrified Forest (p. 337), returning by the Mo¬
kattam (view of Cairo by sunset), and past the Citadel (p. 336).
Fourth Day. Forenoon: Mosques of El-Azhar (p. 287) and
Hasanen (p. 292), most conveniently visited in succession, as both
are shown by special permission only, and with the escort of a
kawwas. The same remark applies to the Gami' Seiyideh Zenab
(p. 268), a visit to which, however, had perhaps better be omitted,
as its situation is somewhat remote. The mosque of El-Azhar
should not be visited on a Friday, as there is no teaching on that
day, and the traveller would thus miss one of the chief attractions.
— Afternoon (by carriage) : Old Cairo (p. 317) and the island of
Roda (p. 318) ; Babylon with the early Christian churches (p. 320);
the Gami' 'Amr (p. 324); also, if time permit, the Imam Shafe'i,
Hosh el-Basha (p. 327), and the Tombs of the Mamelukes, after
which we return by the quarter of the Tulunides (p. 265).