Above: Pyramid of Khafre and the Sphinx, Giza - ANDREW HARPER EDITOR

Since Cairo is chaotic and beset by air pollution, one could be forgiven for wanting to see the Great Pyramids of Giza and the Sphinx and move on as quickly as possible. But it would be a shame to miss the myriad treasures in Egypt’s capital, which bears the traces of ancient Egyptian, Jewish, Coptic Christian and Muslim cultures. Cairo rewards as much time as you can allow it.

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