If for some reason you have anti-minaret and anti-dome sentiments, go to the Citadel just to check out the fabulous views of the city.
Directly behind to the Mosque of Muhammad Ali, you’ll be able to see an almost 180 degree view of the west of Cairo, including a handful of pyramids.
The giant Giza pyramids are pictured (Menkaure, Khafre and Khufu from left to right and smallest to largest) and this day was the first day I got to see the pyramids after more than three weeks in Cairo! I was speechless. I started jumping up and down haha. They’re gigantic, even from this far away! Luckily it was a pretty clear day when we went to the Citadel so the smog and fumes didn’t keep us from enjoying the spectacular views. But I still used the remaining pollution to help me create this vintage old school feel — added some color though because Cairo isn’t this brown haha — you like? :)
You can see as far south as the Saqqara pyramids (the Step Pyramid of Djoser being the most famous and most distinct) and as far north as Alexandria — I kid. Alexandria is way too far. But you can see Saqqara (about 20km / 12mi south)… pretty impressive, I thought. While the Citadel and the Mosque of Muhammad Ali tower above all other mosques in the city, I did not believe for a second the view would be as spectacular as it was. Good thing I was wrong.
Alhumdulillah, the city of Cairo is very beautiful :)