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Al-Azhar Mosque, Cairo

Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Twin carved-stone minarets define Al-Azhar Mosque, one of Cairo's largest sanctuaries and an Islamic university. Built in 970, the mosque features a white façade stressed with rosette and keel-arched panels cut in the Fatimid style. Accessed through the 15th century Barber's Gate, the mosque's three stately minarets overlook a huge courtyard while alabaster pillars support the large carpeted prayer hall. Admire Mamluk-period stone lattices of the residential quarters of the madrassas here as you escape in the midst of the city. A visit to Al-Azhar Mosque represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Cairo trip itinerary maker app to plot your vacation.
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  • We've been to Cairo for tourism and my tour guide let us to Al-Azhar mosque. We couldn't get it and the reason - opposite to what I've read here on TripAdvisor - is not that the mosque is open only...  more »
  • It is worth a visit especially if you are familiar about how powerful this mosque and university in the islamic world. To date, students all over the world go there to learn a special branch of...  more »
  • Al-Azhar Mosque is the first mosque established in Cairol the finest building of Cairo's Fatimid era , completed in AD 972. This mosque is well maintained, beautifully.Peaceful and clean inside. It...  more »
  • A definite must-see, mostly well-organized, except for very poor places for ablution. They say they're renovating the proper ones. Let's see!
  • This mosque is highly regarded for its historical value, being one of the most important & revered mosque in Islam. It is a huge mosque with a wide courtyard inside, and a few minarets around the mosque symbolizing different eras & dynasties of the caliphates in Egypt. The prayer hall is huge, well-lit & cool although not being air-conditioned, the carpets are still new so quite comfortable for prayers. The ambiance is nice & calm for spiritual visitors. The toilets & ablution areas are well-maintained. The courtyard is wide, nicely tiled & clean enough for prayers. Usually religious classes are held here after prayers, delivered by renowned Islamic scholars which attracts both locals & foreigners visiting the mosque. And the atmosphere here during Ramadan is just awesome, which made it a must-visit mosque for Taraweeh prayers.
  • Historic mosque , beautiful serene place , can sit and relax and do dhikr in the evenings in the courtyard with the family. A place of quiet in a noisy metropolis. Wish it becomes a real centre for learning again though as it used to be.
  • It's amazing! The mosque is so big and large. The design is ancient. If you wanna go there, you should wear covered clothes. If no, the staff there will lend you the clothes (for pray) although you just wanna take photo inside. It's very good and comfortable place. We can do pray inside. This is one of my favourite mosques in Cairo. I already visited there 3 times and I hope I can go there again one day.
  • Beautiful old mosque. The atmosphere is so calm and it is being taken care of properly. Secure and clean. Nice corners in mosque for students to sit down and study or just rest for a while.

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