Al Hussein Mosque, Cairo
Built in 1154 and named after the grandson of Prophet Muhammad, Hussein Ibn Ali. Hussein's head is believed to be buried on the mosque's ground making it one of Cairo's holiest Islamic site.
The mosque is a huge one and has a big park cum market in front. The mosque houses the oldest complete manuscript of the Holy Qur'an. People who enters the mosque end up on the mausoleum part which is quite impressive and said to be the oldest part of the mosque.
It is surrounded by several street markets including the Khan El Khalili.
The huge building of Al-Hussein Mosque cannot be missed at the entrance to the famous Khan el-Khalili bazaar, in Midan Hussein square.
The mosque impresses not only through the simplicity of the façade and the tall minaret, but also through its inside architecture, with forty-four white marble columns supporting the structure.
The mosque was build on the cemetery of the Fatimid caliphs which was later discovered during the excavation and is considered one of the holiest Islamic sites in Cairo.
I went inside this mosque and was impressed with its architecture. A number of pure whit marble columns lie within the walls to support the structure. This mosque is notable for a number of reasons. The primary reason is that the mosque is built upon the cemetery of the Fatimid caliphs which was not discovered until later excavation.
Al Hussein Mosque is really called Sayyidna Al-Hussein, and it's a large modern mosue right next to Al Azhar mosque. Because of this proximity you would think its beauty is overshadowed, but it's not really so.
The Turkish style, and the relative simplicity in which is built, is very interesting and refreshing. it doesn't lack importance: the president and his ministers come here to pray on festive days. it's one of the holiest Islamic sites in Egypt.
The main structure on Midan Hussein. It is hard to miss. There will be many people milling about and the occasional tourbus that lets off here will have most of its occupants streaming out in droves. At night the shades are opened, which resemble steel lotus flowers, and many locals congregate in the plaza in front of it.