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Al Rifa'i mosque
The Al Rifa'i or Royal mosque was built to replace a small shrine to the medieval Islamic saint Al Rifa'i. It was commissioned in 1869 by the mother of the then Pasha, Khedive Isma'il for a dual purpose - to house relics and to be a mausoleum for the royal family - but not completed until1912. The remains of the exiled Reza Shah Pahlavi lay here for a while.
It is lavishly decorated with gold leaf and wood inlaind with ivory and Mother of Pearl and well worth a visit. General mosque visiting rules apply - see tip regarding Alabaster mosque
- Arts and Culture
The El-Rifai Mosque is located on the east side of the spacious Midan Mohammed Ali next to Sultan Hassan Mosque in Salah El Din Square near the Citadel.
It is a modern construction built in two phases over the period between 1869 and 1912, when it was finally completed, on the model of the Sultan Hasan Mosque, to house the tomb of Khedive Ismail.
The ex Shah of Iran, Mohammed Reza Pahlevi (1919-80), is buried here.
You may find the exact direction and watch my Google Earth Panoramio El-Rifai Mosque and El-Rifai Mosque outside
- Historical Travel
Mosque of Ar-Rifai
Next to the Mosque of Sultan Hassan, you will find this mosque.
It is also built on a massive scale and has a impressive interior, especially the roof.
There are tombs of royal families of Egypt which can be visited.
- Religious Travel
Although seemingly as ancient as its neighbour the 14th century Madrassa of Sultan Hassan, el-Rifa'i Mosque is in fact centuries younger. It was commissioned in the 19th century by the mother of the Khedive Ismail and built as a mosque and a mausoleum for the royal family of Egypt. The architectural design could be called "neo-Mamluke", or "Mamluke Revival", but it certainly complements the neighbouring Mamluke-period Madrassa. Many say it was an attempt to match or exceed the splendour of a previous dynasty. The burial chambers contain, among others, the tombs of the last reigning Egyptian King, Farouk, as well as the last reigning Shah of Iran. The interior of the mosque is in good condition, but the exterior is in desperate need of cleaning and restoration.
- Museum Visits
- Historical Travel
Mosque of Al Rifai
Unfortunately we got here too late and it was closed, It is a beautiful building from the outside though.
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