El-Tahrir Square

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El-Tahrir Square (Liberation Square, Martyr Square) is a public square in the city of Cairo. The square has existed in the city since it was commissioned by the 19th-century ruler Khedive Ismail. The square is where many of the city’s major roads meet, in the middle of the square is a traffic circle that joins these roads. On that circle is a monument which is the Ramses II Obelisk. On the northeast side of the square is a statue of nationalist hero Umar Makram, celebrated for his resistance against Napoleon I's invasion of Egypt. 

The square is surrounded by buildings of importance, hence it is a place where people meet to demonstrate. In 2011 it is the place where people met for what is now known as the 2011 Egyptian Revolution.

Getting there

The square is situated in Downtown Cairo. The 15, 30, 170, 300 and 900 buses all stop at the square. The closest metro stop to the square is ‘Sadat’, which is located by the square.

Opening Times and Admission

The square is a public square, you can access it for free at any hour of any day.

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