City of the Dead (Northern Cemetery), Cairo

3.5
Take in the unusual co-habitation of the dead and the living at City of the Dead (Northern Cemetery), part of a vast necropolis stretching along the base of Mokattam Hills. The cemetery features many ancient mosques, Mamluk sultans’ complexes, and mausoleums, while some of its alleys, contrary to Western traditions, are teeming with life. Due to Cairo’s chronic housing shortage, many large family tombs are actually inhabited by guardians who have lived here for generations. This unusual "city" includes power lines, improvised water supplies, and even a post office. Plan to see City of the Dead (Northern Cemetery) and other attractions that appeal to you using our Cairo online vacation planner .
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  • This huge old Arab cemetery in the middle of today's Cairo, there are mosques, mausoleums and antichly stoicings, also still bury people today, this would be nothing unusual, the different is that there also inhabit the living, between the tombs there are businesses and homes, some in the abandoned mausoleums, people who take refuge inside the graves, who live and sleep there, I leave myself shocked to see 4 children playing ball using tombs as bows, very surreal everything, well worth a guided tour by there, not believing...
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  • When you come here you feel the respect for the dead, one has built a city and one lives in between.
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  • Imteresting site with old building and some nice colors. But yes mostly dead! 🙂
  • This is the saddest thing in Cairo. Old cemetery where people actualy live. So sad, so sad.
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