this is one of the biggest and strange mosque of Cairo, its minaret is special, it is like an spiral. Ibn Tulum was a Pacha that governed Cairo, he came from Samarra, in northern Irak, and he wanted to buildt the mosque to remember the ones that where in his country. this is the Wonderful result of his home sicknes.
GREAT ISN'T IT?
I have seen a TV show about Cairo where they said it is a city of 1.000 mosks. Whan I came to Cairo I thought that it must be true... But then Ashraf told me that mybe once Cairo did have 1.000 mosques, but now that number has become even larger
Tucked away amid the modern urban area of Cairo lies one of the world's oldest Islamic cities, with its famous mosques, madrasas, hammams and fountains.
Founded in the 10th century, it became the new centre of the Islamic world, reaching its golden age in the 14th century.
Follow the local rythme, and enjoy this colourful path.
Designed by the Greek architect Yussuf Bushnaq, The Mohammad Ali (Alabaster) Mosque in the Citadel was begun in 1830 (finished in 1857) in the Ottoman style by Mohammad Ali Pasha, ruler of Egypt, and founder of the country's last dynasty of Khedives and Kings. The mosque is the Tomb of Mohammad Ali and is also known as the Alabaster Mosque because of the extensive use of this fine material from Beni Suef.
In the Mohammad Ali Mosque, just off the courtyard is the vast prayer hall with an Ottoman style dome which is 170 feet above. The parapet to the southwest offers a good view of the Sultan Hassan and Ibn Tulun Mosques and of Cairo itself. Perhaps because of its location, it is one of the most frequented Mosques by tourists.
The complex was built for Sultan Hassan bin Mohammad bin Qala'oun in 1256 AD as a mosque and religious school for all sects.
Althought stands in the shadows of the Citadel, the Mosque is impressive.
you absoluty must visit mohamed aly mosque in salah el din citadel.
you absoluty must visit nilometer in manial island.
The most important University of the Muslim World in items like Religion is this, its near this wonderfull mosque.