August 3, 2009
Posted: 914 GMT
Rym Momtaz/CNN. The shores of the Nile.
Rym Momtaz/CNN. Aerial view of the Cairo Zoo in Giza, established in 1891, it displays rare imported plants and an impressive array of African wild animals.
Rym Momtaz/CNN. A Metro station. The Cairo metro is Africa's only full fledged metro system, it has two operational lines and a third one in the works. An average of 2 million people ride the metro every day.
Rym Momtaz/CNN. Coptic Cairo. With millions of Egyptian Copts, Coptic Cairo in Old Cairo encompasses impressive Churches and Christian historic sites. The Hanging Church one of the oldest churches in Egypt dating back to the 3rd century A.D. stands close to the Ben Ezra Synagogue which was established in 1115, in what was previously a Coptic church that was built in the 8th century, after the Coptic Church needed to sell it to raise money for taxes.
Rym Momtaz/CNN. A Coptic woman lights a candle inside the Hanging Church in Coptic Cairo. Millions of Copts live in Cairo today
Rym Momtaz/CNN. Shisha on sale. A favorite social pastime in Egypt.
Rym Momtaz/CNN. Pictures from the 1940s and 1950s 'Golden Age' of Egyptian cinema hang in an alleyway. The only official cinema industry in the Arab world, Egyptian cinema is wildly popular around the region.
Rym Momtaz/CNN. Sunset over Cairo on a clear evening. More than 20 million people live in Cairo, the largest city in the Arab world.