Cairo Citadel
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This massive stone fortress, built by Salah ad-Din in the 12th century, was crowned with the Mosque of Mohammed Ali 700 years later.
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advcards
Reno, NV3,291 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
Old army Ford we were told originating around the 1100s never actually used in a battle. Worth walking around several museums to go into, water closets and a couple of Mosque. Good views from the top you can even see the pyramids
Written 17 October 2022
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fatima_moosa
Vereeniging, South Africa279 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
Also known as the Alabastar mosque. Once a beautiful site. The architecture in the mosque is beautiful. Views from the top are amazing.
Written 15 October 2022
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Ron
Savannah, GA693 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
It is a large fortification, but little care is taken to make it tourist friendly. I thought it would be like Alhambra that we visited in April, but it was not. It does not have much of a wow factor. Were it not for military museum that we found very interesting it would not be worth visiting.
Written 13 October 2022
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Stuart B
Oxfordshire, UK19 contributions
Oct 2022 • Couples
We went to the Citadel by Uber and did a self guided tour. Entry is 200 EGP and this provides access to the Citadel, Mohammed Ali Mosque, National Police Museum and National Military Museum; all of which are worth a visit. We found it a great way to spend the afternoon and see some sites that weren’t ancient Egypt.
Written 6 October 2022
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bikehog
Lakewood Ranch, FL696 contributions
Aug 2022
We visited the Citadel and mosque in August 2022. Amazing view from the top. Very interesting history. Hot though.
Written 6 September 2022
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kuyals
Hays, KS1,623 contributions
Aug 2022
An interesting tour of a historical site. A great view overlooking Cairo. Ground around the site is uneven so need to take care walking.
Written 24 August 2022
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Seyuran N
Johannesburg, South Africa22 contributions
Jul 2022 • Solo
Another interesting part of Egypt and its history I definitely enjoyed seeing this citadel and also the mosque of Mohammed Ali is here so you basically pay once to see two attractions which is good. It was 200 EGP. I liked learning about it from my tour guide but you can also go it alone should you wish.
It has a great view of Cairo and because it’s built high up as it was meant to be a position a military leader could defend from so the view is awesome and it has these amazing walls which looks like a castle. Something different but also enjoyed it.
Written 14 August 2022
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CPaM68
Texas632 contributions
Jan 2022
On the west wall of the courtyard is a huge iron clock that was given as a gift in the 1840s to the Turkish ruler of Egypt, Muhammad Ali, by the French King, Louis Philippe. The clock was given in exchange for the ancient Egyptian obelisk that now stands at Place de la Concorde in Paris. The clock has rarely worked and probably never will, but in 2021 the Council of Antiquities announced that it was going to be repaired. It is one of the oldest of its type in the world. Photos are allowed. (PaM)
Written 9 June 2022
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Thomas K
Copenhagen, Denmark734 contributions
May 2022 • Solo
Beautiful old buildings situated on top of a Hill with good view of Cairo city. Police museum and 2 mosques are amongst the things you can see. Entry is 200 egyptian pounds.
Written 28 May 2022
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Myo M
Coquitlam, Canada21,812 contributions
Nov 2021
Really a "big sprawling" site with the Muhammad Ali Mosque as its "main feature" but which is not the only one to visit at this site, I made a total of "four stops" each at a smaller site within this big site (but all four just pretty close to one another): the first stop at the "smaller mosque" which is just quite a plain one with its own "interior square" to walk around along the corridors on four sides (with just some specific item of a sundial or such where I was taken to by the caretaker gentleman); the second stop at the "main mosque" Muhammad Ali with some round-shaped pavilion-like structure in the middle of its "interior square" and where on one side of the square is a small-but-glittering clock tower and where on another side of the square by "looking up above" is really a great view of the "grand architecture" of the Mosque seen almost in its entirety with the main dome & the two tall minarets (with the only parts not seen from that square being the two smaller domes on the opposite side of the Mosque); the third stop at the viewpoint (actually located right on the back side of Muhammad Ali after going through its square) for a "nice panorama" of the city although the skyline with modern buildings is not nearby but kind of a distant view; and finally the fourth stop at the National Military Museum which is a "pretty sizeable" outdoor area with plenty of miscellaneous military hardware items on display (such as old cannons, modern artillery guns, tanks, armored vehicles some of which with rockets mounted on them & actually also 2 or 3 small planes) and where apart from those various armaments are also a number of stone busts of some great "warrior pharaohs" from the times past & also standing statues (somewhat larger than life-sized) of Egypt's "first two presidents".

After about a half-day of about 3.5 hours, I headed from here to the Mosque of Ibn Tulun at just a short 10-to-15-minute taxi ride away (not a great architectural-styled mosque as the Muhammad Ali Mosque at this site, but actually one with an "interior square" larger than that at Muhammad Ali and above all with a minaret "for going up" where from the top are nice views all around including that of this great citadel).
Written 9 May 2022
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