It is considered that itself not enough 500 open companies of kairets live in the Cities dead: on 2 wide cemeteries which begin from the Citadel and join newer barrack-type settlements under hills Mukattam. The southern cemetery stretched on the southeast from a mosque of ibn Tuluna, it is possible to behold only from Mukattam or from the next quarters. The northern cemetery, on the contrary, represents an unforgettable gloomy show in about tens the mausoleums rising from the sea of dwellings, standing along the road from the Cairo airport.
Though tourists usually feel absolutely clear discomfort concerning survey of charming funeral architecture of cemeteries where round graves and in their there live illegal settlers, very few locals consider the Cities dead as an illegal place. Egyptians had an old tradition of construction of "houses" about graves of their ancestors, devices there picnics and even stay there at night; other families have simply occupied these houses. On Cairo standards it is poor, but decent areas, with shops, schools and an electricity, times even with plumbing and sanitary. Locals esteem buried here sacred, arranging маулиды.
Though as a whole it not awful quarter, is better to observe a certain care at its visit. Do not show that you have means or expensive subjects, put on uncertainly. Ladies should go accompanied by young men, the lady with a scarf on the head will look more decently. Having answered local children (which often start to elicit a baksheesh) with an appropriate combination of authoritativeness and friendliness, you will win sympathies of seniors and will not create reminiscence of the uninvited guest. If your any reaction is incorrect, in you can start to throw stones. On Friday when many kairets visit graves of own relatives, you will be less appreciable, but remember that in mosques it is impossible to enter into time of a midday prayer. In any case leave cemeteries long before darkness, at least not to lose the way in this labyrinth of avenues, and do not deviate very much on the East, aside not so long since formed (and even more dangerous) the slums constructed at the bottom of hills Mukattam.