Cairo Citadel
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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  • Sarah L
    London, United Kingdom3,312 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Don't go on a Friday
    Came here on a Friday and it seemed quite quiet. It is located up a slope so is not immediately visible from the main road where you get dropped off. You have to buy tickets before you enter and then you are free to visit the museums or the Muhammad Ali mosque or to take in the views of Cairo. There are toilets available which you need to tip for and a small store selling snacks. Beware there is not much shade on offer so the sun can be intense.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 13 June 2023
  • Stephen N
    Hong Kong, China356 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning buildings
    Have been here for three times after our scuba diving trip from Hurghada in the past 15 years. The building is really stunning and beautiful, we still be amazed eventhough we visited here for 3 times. A must go place when you visited Cairo.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 17 December 2023
  • Ashokabs
    New Delhi, India6 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Amazing Cairo
    Weather in March is great and it was an amazing experience to see the citadel and the Mohammedali mosque which is completely made of alabaster. Also there was a great view of Cairo from the top of the Citadel. We could see the pyramids of Giza and Saqqara.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with friends
    Written 14 March 2024
  • Maximilian
    Hong Kong, China1,679 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Majestic Saladin Citadel in Cairo
    The Saladin Citadel in Cairo is a breathtaking testament to architectural and historical grandeur. This colossal structure not only dominates the skyline but also offers a profound glimpse into the past. Visiting the Citadel was an awe-inspiring experience, allowing me to marvel at its beauty and significance. Highly recommended for anyone interested in exploring the rich tapestry of Cairo’s history and enjoying spectacular views. The Saladin Citadel is truly a must-visit landmark that captures the essence of historical magnificence.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 20 March 2024
  • Caymansky
    Niagara Falls, Canada109 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A wonderful day exploring Egypt’s past!
    We loved our tour of the Citadel, the Islamic temples and Christian churches ending with an hour at the Khan Khalili bazaar. We booked a full day tour with EMO and Wafaa was our tour guide. We had an amazing day thanks to Wafaa, she explained the history as well as the influences on each of the temple/ churches/synagogues. It was a progression through the ages and she made it come alive.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 29 March 2024
  • Susan C
    Melbourne, Australia1,492 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    What we saw and what we didn't
    The largest citadel in the Islamic world is perched on a promontory where you can overlook the old city of Cairo. What we saw: Our visit enabled us to inspect the walls and towers, walk through a garden, visit the Muhammad Ali Mosque (Alabaster Mosque) and view Old Cario spread out below us from the terrace. We were shown the site of the Massacre of the Mamluks. What we didn't see: According to the old sign there is the Museum of Al Gawhara Palace, National Military Museum, Museum of Royal Carriages, Open Garden Mosque, two other mosques (Al Nasir Mohammad Ibn Qalaun and Sulayman Pasha) on the site. However, we didn't visit any of them and we're not sure if they required extra entrance fees, were closed (as many guidebooks say they often are) or they just weren't included in our tour. Based on the information in the guidebooks they may not have been of great interest.
    Visited March 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 April 2024
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Robert D
Brooklyn, New York3,873 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
The Citadel of Salah El-Din (Saladin) was built between 1176 and 1183. It is quite impressive. One of the main things to see inside is the Mosque of Muhammad Ali.
Written 30 April 2024
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Seate K
Sydney, Australia7 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Couples
Our visit to the Cairo Citadel offered an incredible glimpse into Egypt's rich history, making it an experience I highly recommend. Admission to the fortress is reasonably priced at 450 Egyptian pounds, with the convenience of hassle-free entry as there are typically no queues or entry restrictions. Spanning across the expansive compound, visitors can explore the venerable Mohamed Ali Mosque along with the insightful Army and Police Museums. Each site within the citadel presents a unique opportunity to immerse in the historical tapestry of Cairo. For anyone planning their Cairo itinerary, the Cairo Citadel demands a spot right alongside the iconic Pyramids and the renowned Egyptian Museum, promising a deeply enriching cultural exploration.
Written 23 April 2024
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Susan C
Melbourne, Australia1,492 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The largest citadel in the Islamic world is perched on a promontory where you can overlook the old city of Cairo.

What we saw: Our visit enabled us to inspect the walls and towers, walk through a garden, visit the Muhammad Ali Mosque (Alabaster Mosque) and view Old Cario spread out below us from the terrace. We were shown the site of the Massacre of the Mamluks.

What we didn't see: According to the old sign there is the Museum of Al Gawhara Palace, National Military Museum, Museum of Royal Carriages, Open Garden Mosque, two other mosques (Al Nasir Mohammad Ibn Qalaun and Sulayman Pasha) on the site. However, we didn't visit any of them and we're not sure if they required extra entrance fees, were closed (as many guidebooks say they often are) or they just weren't included in our tour. Based on the information in the guidebooks they may not have been of great interest.
Written 22 April 2024
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ykiran77
Dubai, United Arab Emirates448 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Solo
Great historical place, huge fortress made of stones, well preserved, a must see when visited Egypt, will require 2-3 hours, washrooms are available.
Written 2 April 2024
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Caymansky
Niagara Falls, Canada109 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Family
We loved our tour of the Citadel, the Islamic temples and Christian churches ending with an hour at the Khan Khalili bazaar. We booked a full day tour with EMO and Wafaa was our tour guide. We had an amazing day thanks to Wafaa, she explained the history as well as the influences on each of the temple/ churches/synagogues. It was a progression through the ages and she made it come alive.
Written 29 March 2024
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O M E R
Greater London, UK3,013 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Family
Originally built by Sultan Salahudin in 1176 atop a hill, overlooking the old Cairo and further developed over centuries by different Egyptian rulers, Citadel of Salahudin is one of the major historic sites in Cairo and a UNESCO world heritage site. Two historic mosques of Cairo, Mosques of Al-Nasir Mohammed and Muhammad Ali Pasha are both located inside the Citadel.
Written 29 March 2024
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Maximilian
Hong Kong, China1,679 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The Saladin Citadel in Cairo is a breathtaking testament to architectural and historical grandeur. This colossal structure not only dominates the skyline but also offers a profound glimpse into the past. Visiting the Citadel was an awe-inspiring experience, allowing me to marvel at its beauty and significance. Highly recommended for anyone interested in exploring the rich tapestry of Cairo’s history and enjoying spectacular views. The Saladin Citadel is truly a must-visit landmark that captures the essence of historical magnificence.
Written 20 March 2024
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cdandoy
Gilbert, AZ1,193 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
So excited to see the Citadel after driving by it so many times. Nice! You can get a great view of the entire city from here.
Written 18 March 2024
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Karen V
63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
Don’t visit Cairo without visiting the Citadel and Mosque. About 2 hours is enough and you will also get the best view of Cairo .
Written 14 March 2024
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Ashokabs
New Delhi, India6 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Weather in March is great and it was an amazing experience to see the citadel and the Mohammedali mosque which is completely made of alabaster. Also there was a great view of Cairo from the top of the Citadel. We could see the pyramids of Giza and Saqqara.
Written 14 March 2024
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