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Mosque of Al-Azhar

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Address: El Hossein Square, Cairo, Egypt
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The oldest university in the world is built around this ancient mosque,...

The oldest university in the world is built around this ancient mosque, which has been the center of Islamic scholarship since 975 AD.

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Although we were wearing loose clothing that covered our legs, chests, shoulders and heads we were told that we were not covered up enough. A couple of ladies at the entrance... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 27 June 2016
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Canterbury, England, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 June 2016

Although we were wearing loose clothing that covered our legs, chests, shoulders and heads we were told that we were not covered up enough. A couple of ladies at the entrance however gave us the necessary clothing and were very lovely about it. The building was under renovation at the time but it was still very beautiful. We would have... More 

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 June 2016

I have visited this place in Ramadan .. spiritual and peaceful mosque.. also you can get to Al Moaez st. nearby to enjoy being in the charming ancient Islamic Cairo .

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Dubai, United Arab Emirates
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 June 2016

We spent about 1 hour or so walking around the complex and met the imam! Had afternoon tea and delicious tasted Egyptian pizza at the restaurants by the sidewalks. The price is reasonable but a bit of haggling will certainly helped :) It is certainly a place to take a breather after a long walk around the city!

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 29 May 2016 via mobile

I very much wanted to go to Al-Azhar, which I knew was a center of Islamic learning for centuries - indeed the oldest continuous university in the Muslim world. I worried - a bit - about how a westerner would be received - Al Azhar is famously a site of protests after Friday prayer. But I needn't have worried -... More 

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Malaysia
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 26 May 2016

I will always make it a point to visit and pray in this mosque whenever I come to Cairo. Currently it is being renovated extensively so prayer halls are limited. I was here for Friday prayer. This is one of the many mosques which allow women to pray alongside with men on Friday. This is one of the oldest mosques... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 25 May 2016

Place is nice but was under renovation when i went there. Was still able to get some pics and did a quick tour.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 18 May 2016

We were taken there by YourEgyptTours.com and guided by Mamdouh who knows all the history. The mosque was empty. We were the only tourists in it. What a shame! It is large and gorgeous with many rooms. The locals should be in there seeing it, too. It should not be just for the tourists to see. Mamdouh said there were... More 

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Greater London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 May 2016

its one of the oldest mosque in the world. The design is very rich, and everyone are welcome regardless of their religion. Parts of if are undergoing refurbishments.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 April 2016

Even if you are not of the Muslim faith - I recommend visiting Al Azhar. It is a spiritual place that is still in use today. You can see many believers praying there throughout the day. There is always someone that will give you a tour - simply ask the people who sit in the front. Remember to remove your... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 23 April 2016

This is a very old mosque, and the university attached to it is one of the oldest in the world. People still use the side rooms for Islamic study. It is a nice break from the craziness outside and a chance to comteplate life whilst inside. Please cover up your legs and shoulders and take off your shoes as you... More 

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