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Muhammad Ali Mosque

Mosque of Muhammad Ali: A Landmark of Cairo’s Skyline

The Sultan of Egypt built the Citadel of Saladin, where the Muhammad Ali Mosque can be found. It was meant to keep the Crusaders from coming to attack the city.

The largest mosque was built in the first half of the 1800s. It was on top of the Mokattam Mountain, southeast of the ancient Fatimid capital, and could be seen anywhere in Old Cairo. The view of the city from this spot makes it a must-see in Cairo.

Also, it looks great from anywhere in the city because it is tall, which makes people want to go there.

Also, because it is inside the Citadel, you can get away from the busy life of Cairo by walking through its quiet interiors and seeing it from a different angle.

Who built the mosque of Muhammad Ali?

Muhammad Ali had it built and was in charge of the engineer, Youssef Bushnaq, an Armenian who came from Istanbul to build the mosque in the style of Ottoman mosques. The castle and the mosque are both on the list of world heritage sites.

The reason for their construction:

Between 1830 and 1848, the mosque was built to honor Muhammad Ali’s oldest son, who died in 1816.


The mosque’s design is based on those of Ottoman mosques. It has a sizeable middle dome over 52 meters high, surrounded by smaller half-domes and two stylized minarets at each corner.

The Muhammad Ali Mosque is also called the Alabaster Mosque because it has this material inside and outside. The square mosque has two parts: the main “Bayt al-Salih” to the east and the courtyard or “sahn” to the west.

The eastern part is for prayer, decorated uniquely with wood carvings and a style that the French-influenced. There are 100 stained glass windows on the walls and domes, which create a beautiful effect inside.

Sitting still on its rugs and looking up at the hundreds of lamps on the ceiling is a moment you will remember for a long time because it will feel like you are looking back hundreds of years.

Mosque of Muhammad Ali

As you leave the western part, you come to a large courtyard 54 meters long and 53 meters wide. It has an ablution fountain, a clock, and a gift from Louis Philippe of France, opposite the obelisk in the Place de la Concorde in Paris.

It also has the mausoleum of Muhammad Ali, who is known for modernizing the country and making essential changes in many areas of political, social, and economic life. His time in power is known as the start of the

This Place is open to tourists from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. in the summer and from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. There are many mosques in Egypt and the city of Cairo. But this one is different because of where it is, what it was made of, and how peaceful it will make you feel when you visit.

So it’s a visit that needs to be planned. Remember that if you want to make your dream trip to Egypt come true and want to plan a unique and unforgettable journey, you can contact us and focus on having fun.

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