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This is just inside the Northern gate of Islamic Cairo, Bab Al Futuh. The mosque was built in 928 AD and it was interesting to just go around for a few minutes and admire the architecture and contemplate on the history. It is free entrance...More
When you are in Islamic Cairo, the first thing you would like to visit from inside is a mosque. There are many of them free of charge to visit them as they are active mosques, few require a ticket to visit them ( none active)....More
came with the family after a walk through the streets of Khan khalili which is a little hectic.
drop your shoes off at the entrance and walk straight in with no fee, tip the guys who takes care of your shoes, 5LE is enough.
While outside this mosque at Bab al-Futuh is bustling, it was enjoyable to enter this mosque, which has two special minarets. The qibla wall at present is closed and there are renovations taking place. I was sorry not to be able to see the mihrab...More
The reason the Dawoodi branch of Shia Islam financed the restoration of this mosque in 1980 is its origin. Dawoodis who mainly live in West Inda follow the teachings of a Fatimid imam. The Al-Hakim mosque or at least the two peculiar minarets date from...More
Mosques are unusual to us westerners, and this one is specially beautiful. Is is huge and is named after a leader with a very unusual history. He disappeared into the desert at the height of his power. Some think he became a Christian.
There are many better mosques in Cairo but probably few as versatile, the mosque was used as a prison during the crusades, as a stable by Saladin, as a fortress by Nepoleon and fell out of use. Later in 1980’s a Islamic Sect in India...More