Tahrir Square in Cairo

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Tahrir Square obelisk (2022) © Onceinawhile/cc-by-sa-4.0

Tahrir Square obelisk (2022) © Onceinawhile/cc-by-sa-4.0

Tahrir Square (Arabic: Maydān at-Taḥrīr; English: Liberation Square), also known as Martyr Square (Maydān al-Shuhadā’), is a public town square in downtown Cairo, Egypt. The square has been the location and focus for political demonstrations. The 2011 Egyptian revolution and the resignation of President Hosni Mubarak occurred at the Tahrir Square.

At the centre of Tahrir Square is a large and busy traffic circle. An obelisk of Ramses II, previously at Tanis, was installed in 2020. On the north-east side is a plaza with a statue of nationalist hero Umar Makram, celebrated for his resistance against Napoleon I’s invasion of Egypt, and beyond is the Umar Makram Mosque.

The square is the northern terminus of the historic Qasr al-Ayni Street, the western terminus of Talaat Harb Street, and via Qasr al-Nil Street crossing its southern portion it has direct access to the Qasr al-Nil Bridge crossing the nearby Nile River.

Tahrir Square in the early morning (2012) © Frank Schulenburg/cc-by-sa-3.0 Tahrir Square obelisk (2022) © Onceinawhile/cc-by-sa-4.0 Tahrir Square obelisk (2023) © MarSaf/cc-by-sa-4.0 Tahrir Square (2012) © panoramio.com - L-BBE/cc-by-3.0 Tahrir Square (2012) © panoramio.com - L-BBE/cc-by-3.0 Tahrir Square (2020) © Faris El-Gwely/cc-by-sa-4.0
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Tahrir Square in the early morning (2012) © Frank Schulenburg/cc-by-sa-3.0
The area around Tahrir Square includes the Egyptian Museum, the Folklore Arts House, the Mogamma government building, the Headquarters of the Arab League building, the Nile Hotel, Kasr El Dobara Evangelical Church and the original downtown campus of the American University in Cairo. The National Democratic Party-NDP headquarters building stood here until it was set on fire during the revolution and demolished in 2015.

The Cairo Metro serves Tahrir Square with the Sadat Station, which is the downtown junction of the system’s two lines, linking to Giza, Maadi, Helwan, and other districts and suburbs of Greater Cairo. Its underground access viaducts provide the safest routes for pedestrians crossing the broad roads of the heavily trafficked square.

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