Mosque of Muhammad Ali
Mosque of Muhammad Ali
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Located in the Citadel, this mosque was built between 1824 and 1857 in the Ottoman style by Mohammad Ali Pasha, a ruler of Egypt.
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  • Antityco
    Kalamazoo, Michigan428 contributions
    Impressive Mosque
    It's very open to the public. You have to take your shoes off, or you can get shoe covers for 5 pounds outside the entrance. Women were not required to cover their hair. It's very beautiful, and it's all the more impressive when you know who Muhammad Ali was. Entrance was free once you're already in the Citadel.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 3 March 2023
  • Rachel548
    Farmington Hills, Michigan535 contributions
    Stunningly beautiful mosque
    Absolutely stunning mosque. Hard not to be in complete awe of the design, architecture, and artwork. In the citadel complex you can view old jail cells and get a great view over Cairo. We could see all the way to the Giza pyramids! Highly recommend visiting this complex.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 13 April 2023
  • laczkozsu
    Debrecen, Hungary1,671 contributions
    The symbol of Cairo Citadel
    This Turkish mosque is the most popular site of Citadel, it can be seen from many parts of Cairo. The construction of the mosque began in 1839 and lasted for 18 years. It was modeled after the mosques in Istanbul. It is a huge imposing structure outside and it has a stunning interior. I liked the chandeliers the most. It’s a must-see site.
    Visited April 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 21 April 2023
  • Ogi0
    Sofia, Bulgaria20,951 contributions
    The Great Mosque
    Built about 180 years ago in Turkish style and located in the Citadel. There were a lot of people, but when entering, a person does not have to take off his clothes, but is given socks. They had no particular requirements for clothing either. It is very impressive from the inside, and from the terrace there is a nice view of the whole city.
    Visited May 2023
    Written 11 May 2023
  • Sarah L
    London, United Kingdom3,051 contributions
    Beautiful but don't go on a Friday
    We came here around midday on a Friday only to be told that the mosque was only open to worshippers until 2pm. So, do plan your day accordingly. The mosque is located inside the Cairo Citadel and is beautiful so definitely worth a visit if you can fit it in.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 13 June 2023
  • LolaGo1
    Washington DC, District of Columbia6,407 contributions
    Best Attraction at the Citadel
    My driver let me out at the main road leading to the Citadel. There is a lot of consturction going on along so it was very dusty here. Entrance fee is 300 EGP or about US$ 10 . Took ride from the Trolley for 20 EGP after paying the Entrance Fee. The Trolley Ride ends infront of Visitors are required to remove their shoes and for women to cover up their heads. There is a staff giving blue bags to put these shoes. The Mosque is huge. Took pictures of the chandeliers, ceilings, walls, area where the Imman leads the prayer, etc. There are various rooms that have tombs. Without any signage and staff to explain whose tombs they belong to, I have no idea who are buried there.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 21 October 2023
  • Razorfish
    Little Rock, Arkansas3,866 contributions
    Good views of Cairo from the Citadel
    Our tour group stopped by the mosque during our two week Nile cruise this past December. There are some commanding views of Cairo from the Citadel. The mosque is of an Ottoman architectural design from the 1800s. You can purchase shoe covers before entering the mosque.
    Visited December 2022
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 November 2023
  • Arthur M
    Hamilton, Canada1,044 contributions
    Fancy architecture and can get a view of the Pyramids on a clear day!
    Just in a traditional mosque, you have to take off your shoes, or if not, you're provided with plastic foot coverings for your shoes. The details of the mosque are intricate, and the chandelier displays inside are mesmerizing. Outside, there is a viewpoint where you can see the pyramids on a clear day, but not during the time of our visit. It was hazy. It also features France's gift to Egypt in return of giving them an obelisk of Luxor Temple. Since the clock doesn't work, it's clear the Egypt got shafted and I guess it was at that moment the Egyptians have learned that the only people they should trust with clocks are the Swiss.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 26 November 2023
  • Vicky Silve
    Abbadia Lariana, Italy696 contributions
    Egyptian modern history
    When you think about Egypt, what pops up to your mind first is its mysterious ancient civilizations. But we should not forget that its modern and contemporary history is really interesting too. This mosque, located at the peak of the Cairo Citadel, has been built to remember Muhammad Ali, the founder of modern Egypt. Its minarets and domes make it a pleasure for your eyes and for... your camera.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 7 December 2023
  • Sanka1 🇱🇰🇬🇧
    Bicester, United Kingdom3,394 contributions
    Architectural gem
    We visited this mosque today while visiting the citadel and it was amazing. The grandiose mosque with it's unique architecture especially on the ceilings is a testament to the rich Egyptian history. The entry to the mosque is free although you have to buy a pass to enter the citadel which cost 450 Egyptian pounds and there were no queues to enter and there are also no restrictions to entry for ladies. Highly recommended as this is one of the must visit places in Cairo city after the Pyramids and the museum.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 January 2024
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Ivan Kinsmam
Kielce, Poland824 contributions
Feb 2024 • Family
Mohammed Ali was a very interesting character. Of Albanian descent he fought for the Ottomans before taking sides with both them and the Egyptian mamluks - a kind of feeed slave mercenary grouping - before gaining power. He reformed the army and civil service and trained women doctors to help improve women's health and also created Egyptian industry - armaments and then cotton. So he basically dragged Egypt into the modern age to compete with the European powers.
The mosque is very impressive inside and contains his tomb. The ceiling in particular is very ornate. We met the very friendly imam who was happy to be photographed. Don't buy souvenirs there as they are expensive.
Written 24 February 2024
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Joe E
Dallas, TX1 contribution
Jan 2024 • Couples
I've longed to visit Egypt for quite some time now. I finally took the leap to my 60th birthday. My only question was why did I take so long. Amazing trip with plenty of sights. I had no idea Cairo was so modern and lively.
Written 7 February 2024
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Silvia_MLk
Haarlem, The Netherlands6 contributions
Jan 2024 • Friends
Did that in one day with the breathtaking Egyptian museum and ended the day with amazing food tour with Food tours by Mila.
The mosque is absolutely beautiful and the complex itself has another smaller mosques of different style than the big one, there was on going restoration of few buildings so I guess soon more places will be open, you can also have full view of the city from the mosque roof. Definitely worth it but beware they don't let Uber cars inside so you will have to go on foot all the way up and down when leaving so it's not convenient for elderies
Written 1 February 2024
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Sanka1 🇱🇰🇬🇧
Bicester, UK3,394 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
We visited this mosque today while visiting the citadel and it was amazing. The grandiose mosque with it's unique architecture especially on the ceilings is a testament to the rich Egyptian history. The entry to the mosque is free although you have to buy a pass to enter the citadel which cost 450 Egyptian pounds and there were no queues to enter and there are also no restrictions to entry for ladies. Highly recommended as this is one of the must visit places in Cairo city after the Pyramids and the museum.
Written 27 January 2024
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Helma V
Melbourne, Australia3 contributions
Jan 2024 • Couples
This mosque is so beautiful inside with marble and granite counter and walls, it's gorgeous Mosque . The area are many beautiful
Written 24 January 2024
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Y7108GECf
New York City, NY109 contributions
Dec 2023 • Family
Meeh. interesting situation overlooking Cairo. impressive drive up to the Mosque and the citadel... but that's about it. Yes, some ornaments and muslim decoration... But not sure this is world class attraction. Not maintained particularly well. Also the colors and the decoration is underwhelming.
Written 5 January 2024
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Codiak!
Abbotsford, Canada10,878 contributions
Nov 2023 • Friends
This is a spectacular mosque which will impress you with its ornate interior. Although tourists are encouraged to come in, it is advised to be respectful of the worshipers in attendance.
Written 22 December 2023
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Google
Paris, France6 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
Best place ever
What a lovely place to be with your family and friends there
I highly recommend to all over the world 🙏
Hope to be there soon again
Written 21 December 2023
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Keira M
Mar del Plata, Argentina3 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
So beautiful Mosque and great Islamic History, the mosque also called alabaster mosque it's looking nice at all with marble citadel sits on top of a hill in old Cairo houses the remains of Mohamed Ali .
Written 16 December 2023
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Edreson C
Lons-le-Saunier, France2 contributions
Dec 2023 • Couples
Very good place to see in Cairo , the old design for the building of Islamic history you feel that you return to the past 800 years . Highly recommended
Written 10 December 2023
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