Tahrir Square Is Already Becoming a Tourist Destination

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The U.S. State Department still has a travel warning stamped on Egypt, a country that just overthrew its leader after weeks of chaotic protests and 40 years of dictatorship, but that’s not stopping some tourists from checking out the newly democratic country. In a world where hotels are considered hipper if they’re still under construction, is it any surprise the New York Times’ Jennifer Conlin is already on the scene:


Many tourist sites around Cairo are open again … but these days the most sought-after photo is not one of Tutankhamen’s mask but of Tahrir Square, a mammoth traffic circle the world had stared at for three weeks on television … and a top destination for many of the Western tourists who have begun trickling into Egypt in recent days.

Historical landmarks turned into tourist draws? Fun-sounding “weekly Friday events?” Democracy in action, here.

Tahrir Square, Egypt’s Newest Tourist Draw [NYT]