Citadel of Saladin, Cairo
The CItadel, also called Al-Qala, is a walled fortress on top of a hill in Cairo. In the past it had been the home to Egypt's rulers for about 700 years. The Citadel was built in different stages, so it turned out to be a mix of differing styles
Fondest memory: There's a lot to see in the Citadel: several museums, various historical buildings and three mosques, including Mohammed Ali's mosque.
And yet what I found most appealing of the Citadel was the view from the terraces: amazing. When the sun went down, it became even more charming.
From Khan El Kahlili we walked to the Citadel.
This area was very scenic. It looked as if nothing had changed here for centuries.
We saw beautiful medieval decorated facades, wooden bay windows and arches.
We saw donkey carts, but also pickups.
The only way to experience this area is to have a walk and look.
This photo is of the Mosque of Suleiman Pasha. It is in the Citadel, tucked away far beyond where many tourists bother to go. I cannot recommend the Citadel itself highly enough (I describe it briefly above). Wander at your own pace, away from the street crowds and get a feel for the city and the country...
I think that this mosque is quite lovely from the outside and absolutely stunning on the inside. It is truly a small gem. When I arrived, a newspaper reporter was interviewing a very old man just outside the mosque. The reporter explained to me that this man had been a caretaker at the mosque for over half a century! I went inside on my own and after about five minutes, the interview had finished and the old man came and found me. He explained much about the mosque and, when we finished the tour, pointed out the various buildings nearby and how they were used by the British during World War II.
CITADEL OF SALADIN
Salah El Din El Ayyubi, founder of the Ayubbid dynasty, built this medieval stronghold in 1183 A.D. atop the Mohattam hill range. Six centuries later the impressive Mohammed Ali Mosque was built within the compound.
Also on the site is the Jewel Museum, the Cairo Carriage Museum, and the Military Museum.
Open from 9a.m.-4p.m. Entrance fee LE20 for tourists.
The Mosque of Mohammed Ali, in the southern enclosure of the Citadel (Al-Qalaa), this mosque took 18 years to build (1830-48) and then the domes had to be demolished and rebuilt later. It´s made mostly in alabaster and the inside is really a beautiful amalgame of green and gold colors!. Inside is the tomb of Mohammed Ali!. After a long time walking sitting inside is quite a pleasure, time does not exist!
Mohammed Ali was said to have a mania for all things new and foreig. In his reign, a growing number of foreigners became more fascinating by Egypt and all things 'Oriental'. In 1820s, 30s, 40s a stream of adventurers and intrepid early travellers visited Cairo, including Mark Twain, Gustave Flauvert, Richard Burton...
Visit the House of John G. Anderson (close to the Mosque of Ibn Tulun and near the Citadel), a british soldier who lived here when the British Army occupied Egypt in the beginning of the century.
He liked arab culture, costumes, food, everything.... and collected all kind of treasures from East to West, transforming these two houses he bought for 6 piastras!!!!!(about $0.02) into luxury museums!!!!!
When the British Army was defeated and expelled from Egypt, the Government confiscated the house, remaining the name of the owner. It´s really worthwhile!!