The Islamic part of Cairo differs very much from its Christian area. It deserves the separate day of excursion, better – several days. Unfortunately I was lack of time and was able to admire only part of numerous Islamic sights.
Among them: the Citadel, Mohammed Ali Mosque, Sultan Hasan Mosque, El-Rifai Mosque, El-Azhar Mosque, Sayyidna el-Husein Mosque, Mosque of Sultan Barquq Qalaun, Mausoleum of Qalaun and Khan el-Khalili Bazaar.
You may watch my video-clip from my personal channel on YouTube: 2 min 44 sec Egypt Cairo Islamic 2007
The mosque of Ibn Toulon date from IXth century. It is the oldest monument of Cairo. Its high strengthened walls capped with a covered way with merlons which evokes glorious times of the domineering Islam.
Favorite thing: Al Azahar Mosque, one of the most famous and holy mosques in the arab world. In the night, the lights give it a misterious shade in the middle of Khan el Khalili.
Favorite thing: Ibn Tulun Mosque, more similar to a fortress than to a mosque, so solemn and simple. I was not lucky as it was full of workers rebuilding the inside, but.....well it was good anyway.
Favorite thing: As Egypt is an Islamic Country since the 10th century after the conquests of the Fatimids and the Mamluks and the Ottomans. There are many numbers of mosques in Cairo and Greater Cairo Area as a testament of the devotion of the Egyptian to Islam, among the famous Mosques are the Al Azhar Mosque, the Sultan Hassan Mosque, Mosque of Ibn Tulun, Mosque of Ibn Al As and more. You can visit some of the mosques as only a few allow entry of non muslims.
Favorite thing: The sign of Islam dominates the Cairo skyline, with, seemingly at least, more minarets and domes than Istanbul.
Favorite thing: Minarets are everywhere. the spires are all unique, and the subtleties of Islamic architecture will amaze you.
Favorite thing: provides several opportunities for great pictures. this is one of the smaller minarets in Cairo mosques.