The Coptic Museum in Cairo has the world’s largest collection of Coptic artifacts. I find this museum more interesting than the overcrowded Egyptian Museum in downtown Cairo. But these two have one thing in common – a lack of interesting descriptions.
I think when you’re visiting Cairo, you should divide your sightseeing into three ways: Pyramids, Islamic and Coptic. These three give you a whole new impression of the country. We all know about the ancient Egyptian civilization but only a few know that Egypt also has Christian history.
Note: If you want a better experience to get to know more of its history, you better get a guide.
The Coptic Museum houses the most interesting Coptic art I’ve ever seen.
There are around 1200 relics that your eyes can feast on.
They are priceless and incredibly well-preserved.
Coptic statues and monuments tell us the long history of ancient Egypt.
But most importantly, the museum shows the country’s early Christian to early Islam influences.
There are examples from the Greek, Roman, Ottoman, Byzantine, and Fatimid eras.
See all the icons, carved stones, manuscripts, frescoes, carved wood, textiles, and more.
This Gospel of St. Mark’s manuscript is in Arabic.
Look up the walls and ceiling and you will find frescoes that still look good as they were before.
When inside the Coptic Museum in Cairo, don’t just concentrate on what your eyes can see around you.
Wherever you are inside, Coptic arts are evident from its dome, to the ceiling, and to its walls.
They’re colourful and magnificent!
Even the window panels have amazing carvings and tiny designs that will blow your mind away.
The hallways are dramatically lit, smooth and clean.
Descriptions of the artifacts don’t really give much interesting information.
How to Save Time and Money in Cairo
Cairo is still cheap. In fact, Egypt is the second cheapest country I’ve ever been to. However, taking public transport is a challenge – crowded and hot. If you’re a solo traveler and you’re up for it, then, I’d recommend you to do it. Taxi? Good luck! It’s either the driver will pretend to take the shorter route or fooling you with the meter. Both happened to me. And not to mention bad driving skills. 😂
On the other hand, if you have little time in Cairo and you want so much to explore – join a tour! It’s more informative and hassle-free from harassment in public transport and avoids the scorching heat.
Hostel / Hotel in Cairo
Egypt is cheap. So I treated myself by staying in a hotel. Cairo Capital Plaza is not a five-star hotel, but they’re well-liked by travelers as they’re in downtown Cairo and the staff members are nice. They have free wifi and breakfast was ok good for me. It’s also accessible to the subway/metro station. The hotel also offers a shuttle service to and from the airport which makes it easy for your arrival and departure. You can book it via Booking and Expedia. If you’re looking for a nice hostel, The Australian Hostel is highly recommended by a friend who had stayed there. You can book it via Booking or HostelWorld.