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Mosque of Muhammad Ali, Cairo

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Gaze up at the striking array of domes and minarets that make Mosque of Muhammad Ali an imposing and ornate place of worship. Constructed on orders of Mohamed Ali Pasha between 1830 and 1848, the mosque stands atop a hill and features a 52 m (170 ft) high central dome and twin minarets visible from many points around the capital. Head inside the landmark building to admire its ornately decorated cupola and minbar (pulpit), and visit the tomb of Mohamed Ali Pasha. Use our Cairo day trip planner to add Mosque of Muhammad Ali and other attractions to your Cairo vacation plans.
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  • Impressive mosque with loads of history in the Cairo citadel. I had a great experience enjoying the afternoon sun. A top attraction. 
    Impressive mosque with loads of history in the Cairo citadel. I had a great experience enjoying the afternoon sun. A top attraction.  more »
  • We stopped at several Mosques, this was one of the better ones. Worth a look if you’re in the Citidel area But definitely not a special trip of it 
    We stopped at several Mosques, this was one of the better ones. Worth a look if you’re in the Citidel area But definitely not a special trip of it  more »
  • It’s an impressive mosque, much less so than Haga Sophia though. Interesting from outside, not much to see inside. They make you pay 5 egy for shoe covers if you don’t want to take off your shoes. 
    It’s an impressive mosque, much less so than Haga Sophia though. Interesting from outside, not much to see inside. They make you pay 5 egy for shoe covers if you don’t want to take off your shoes.  more »
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  • Beautiful architecture, shows the dedication of the people of the time and influence throughout the Islamic world. It's a timeless place with so much history that you can feel in the vibrations of the stone walls. You could spend hours there and not notice the time pass.
  • Pretty mosque worth a visit... The complex (citadel) has also a great view to the city, where you can even see the pyramids on the horizon above all the Cairo buildings. This view is probably comparable to the daytime view you will have from the Cairo Tower, and at a.more affordable price.
  • A truly must see! Such a huge and beautiful place made of Alabaster. There's also a view on the terrace all over Cairo city where also you can see the pyramids on the background. Outside the monument It's very exposed to the sun so just be prepared.
  • The Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha (also known as the Alabaster Mosque) is beautiful. The best place to compare it to would be the Aya Sofia in Istanbul. Similarly, this mosque often has renovations happening, but that’s something to expect at many similar locations. The architecture is stunning, with a meticulous level of detail (you really have to see it up close to believe it.) 5/5 Stars
  • Very predominant building on the Cairo skyline with great views over the city. Completed in 1848 by Mohammad Ali Pasha, the Ottoman governor of Egypt, on the site of the Citadel of Cairo. Muslims abolition washing of hands/arms, ears, nose, hair, and feet, each three times, each for their 5 daily prayers before entering the Mosque, has probably been instrumental in limiting the spread of virus during the pandemic. The abolition foundation is made of alabaster from Turkey, and the clock tower a gift from France. The 5 pillars of Islam; 1) there is only 1 God 2) 5 times daily prayers 3) Ramadan fasting 4) pay 2.5% of your money to the poor 5) once in lifetime trip to Mecca

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