The Citadel & Mohamed Ali Mosque (3 hours)

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We started our day at 8 AM by visiting to the Citadel. Built in 1176 by the Ayyubid Salah-El-Din, it was a headquarter for many Egyptian/Ottoman rulers. It’s really huge and requires a lot of walking. We admired the Mohamed Ali mosque and its mesmerizing architecture. The alabaster walls are a masterpiece as well as the well worked ceiling. Mohamed Ali Pasha is the founder of modern Egypt and this mosque, where his tomb is set, pays him attribute. Mohamed Ali wanted to copy the Sultan Ahmet Mosque in Istanbul and, for this purpose, he imported the same type of ceramic tiles and same carpets and lamps to embellish and ornate the mosque. In fact, it looks like a mini Blue Mosque. From the terrace of the mosque, you can see all Cairo, and if it’s a clear day, you will be able to see the Pyramids of Giza from there. We checked the other sites inside the fortress ring: The Military Museum, Carriage museum, Yussuf’s well, Police museum, Al-Nassir Mohamed Mosque and some other interesting sites.
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  • Salah Salem St, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
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    Standard 200.00 EGP Plus fee
    Students 50.00 EGP Plus fee
    Kids 50.00 EGP Under 12 Plus fee
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