Cairo Citadel

Cairo Citadel

Cairo Citadel
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Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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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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Magd
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The best place.i
Feb 2021 • Couples
The best place ever.i advice every body to visit at least one time per year.i want just say thank you very much
Written 25 February 2021
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PaoloAiello
Sicily, Italy443 contributions
Disappointing
Nov 2020 • Couples
The citadel is an interesting place to visit for sure. If you come to Cairo you should definitely come have a look. The price, maintenance and organization of the place are a bit disappointing though. The ticket is 180 EGP for foreigners. There are supposed to be 4 museums inside but, when we visited in November 2020, 3 of them were closed (just the police museum was open). On top of that the level of maintenance of the place is really poor. There's trash everywhere and a lot of old buildings that are falling apart. They should really clean the place and fix the buildings, including the wooden structures in the main garden in front of the mosque that are falling to the floor. The thing that most disturbed me was that I tried to go to the toilet and I got asked for money to enter. Isn't 180 EGP enough to use the toilet??? It's just unbelievable. The mosque of Mohamed Ali is beautiful but needs some cleaning too. The alabaster is brown rather than white...
Written 1 December 2020
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HeyD82
Finland57 contributions
Overpriced entry fee
Dec 2020 • Couples
We visited the Citadel in Cairo mainly because we wanted to see the Mosque of Mohammed Ali. The entry fee was 180 Egyptian pounds which we thought was way overpriced for what you get to see. The entry fee covered the Mosque of Mohammed Ali and another mosque. There were also a few museums (4) in the area that were included in the fee but only 1 of them was open. No doubt the Mosque of Mohammed Ali is beautiful and the view of Cairo from here is pretty interesting but the entry fee really is too much considering that it's almost the same (200 Egyptian pounds) as to visit the pyramids of Giza. In addition to this there were no free restrooms to use inside the complex as the ladies outside the restrooms kept asking for money to use them. One might wanna consider visiting another Cairo sight for this money unless you really just wanna see the Mosque of Mohammed Ali. Then there is no other choice ;).
Written 1 December 2020
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WImom
Fond du Lac, WI2,340 contributions
Iconic landmarks
Dec 2019
The Citadel is one of the iconic landmarks of Cairo. It is the largest medieval fortress in the world. The highlight of this is the Mosque of Mohammad Ali which is similar to the Hague Sophia in Istanbul but smaller. It took 18 years to build. Mohammed Ali lies in the tomb of the right as you enter. There is a terrace here with great Cairo views. Photos are allowed. Free brochures are available explaining different concepts of Islam. It is a huge complex to walk around.
Written 22 November 2020
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Takarasina
464 contributions
Hardly worth a half-an-hour visit
Nov 2020
Because it's just neglected and rather dirty ruins, nothing else. Yes, there is a Mohammed Ali mosque there plus four museums for Egypt connoisseurs but it's another pair of shoes. Beware of touts, stray dogs and pavements full of potholes. An episode in its history worth noting is March 1st, 1811 when that Mohammed Ali, an Albanian born in Macedonia and future pasha of Egypt and its prominent leader, massacred all but one (by chance) Mamluks who ruled the country at that time and eventually grabbed the throne - with silent consent of the Ottomans. The dynasty he founded reigned over Egypt until 1952 when Mr (Comrade?) Naser overthrew it by a military coup. Another moment that caught my eye was a bundle of slackers - policemen, soldiers armed cap-a-pie as if they were preparing to rebuff an army of aggressors and local tourist officials - all of them doing absolutely nothing but sipping on their tea and lazily checking gadgets of tourists still alive after covid. Could've taken a broom and clean under themselves a little bit! Viewing Cairo therefrom was really nice. But it took just those thirty minutes I wrote about - maximum.
Written 8 November 2020
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SOQ2010
Medford, MA1,681 contributions
Crusade Era
Sep 2020 • Solo
Citadel built by Salah ad-Din . In late 12th century .There is a beautiful rugged unassuming mosque Al Nasr masjid inside the citadel .Another masjid Mohd. Ali is nice from inside but dirty sandy outside.Authorities should make an effort to clean the exterior.
Written 11 October 2020
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Linda Y
Frisco, TX3,891 contributions
Fortress
Jan 2020
There’s no overlooking this massive fortress that sits perched above Cairo. The Citadel has a long history that started when Saladin began building the fortress in 1176 to protect the city from the Crusaders. The Mamluks and Ottomans each added their own touches, and Egyptian rulers lived here until about the 1870s. Afterwards, the Citadel was used as a military garrison before being converted into a tourist attraction. While several museums are located at the Citadel, many tourists, like us, come primarily to see the Mosque of Muhammad Ali. The views of Cairo alone are worth a visit here.
Written 22 April 2020
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DEK_29
Brisbane, Australia1,089 contributions
Salah ad-Din's Citadel on a foggy winters day
Jan 2020
We toured the Citadel of Salah ad-Din on a pre-planned Cairo tour through Misr Travel in January. The day itself was cold and foggy with showers. Yet this do not impede our sightseeing. We wandered around the citadel without being hassled by many sellers and touts. However, the main problem for us was the uneven ground and I did notice that in many places that need repair. The buildings including the mosques have the familiar color tinge of Cairo. The Mosque of Muhammad Ali actually looks a deep sand beige and not the alabaster white that it once was. Sand, wind and rain have eroded parts of the buildings. Worthwhile as a place to view the Islamic section of old Cairo. Plenty of sellers and touts are to be found just outside the entrance, so you have to run the gauntlet.
Written 6 April 2020
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Wanderer0213
Port Orchard, WA604 contributions
The Citadel
Mar 2020
The Citadel is absolutely beautiful. So much history surrounding the building and area. The inside is as beautiful as the outside. You can spend two hours here pretty easy, especially if you have a good guide.
Written 1 April 2020
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shapgo
Hartsdale, NY1,034 contributions
Important Site
Feb 2020
The Citadel is a fortress on a hill with views of Cairo. It was built in 1176 to guard against the Crusaders. It was the home of many Egyptian rulers, including Muhammed Ali whose tomb is inside. The architecture reminds us of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul and the interior of the mosque reminds us of the Hagia Sofia.
Written 17 March 2020
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