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Mosque of Al-Azhar

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Address: El Hossein Square, Cairo, Egypt
Description: 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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This visit was the pivotal turn in my life. I have never expected that the people would be so friendly and did not judge you by your race or religion. The people in the Mosque... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 26, 2015
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1 of 5 stars Reviewed April 5, 2015

It's the most important mosque in Cairo because the religious leader is there, but it's not really beautiful to see, in fact nothing special compared with other mosques and people inside is absolutely unfriendly and unpolite. They don't want visitors and are specially unpleasant with woman (having the nails painted is reason enough for being rejected, and women have to... More 

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Surabaya, Indonesia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 26, 2015

This visit was the pivotal turn in my life. I have never expected that the people would be so friendly and did not judge you by your race or religion. The people in the Mosque accepted whoever the persons who wanted to know more about Islamic history and religion. I even took one of the public classes about Islam civilization... More 

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London, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 2, 2015

Went there to pray my Friday congregation pray. They had a kiraat reciter prior to the imam delivering the Friday sermon which was a treat for the heat and ears. The mosque holds a lot of history and culture which only be felt when your there. Please visit at least once on your trip to Cairo.

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Beirut, Lebanon
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 22, 2015

I love it and love the scene this old mosque . I suggest visiting it a very peaceful wonderful marvelous place . Huge mosques with old history and passed threw many time changing . Love it

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Western Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 23, 2015

We were invited in as we were walking past, we were then given a tour of the Mosque, taken up inside the highest minaret and were allowed to stay and enjoy the view of the sun setting over Cairo as the call to prayer went out. An experience I'll never forget.

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Singapore
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015 via mobile

Whilst it definitely is a tourist place, it's nice to know its still used as a ace of worship. It was easy to access and they supplied coverings if you were not wearing a skirt or head covering (as a female). The female prayer room was much smaller and in my opinion, slightly sad as compared to the men's prayer... More 

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Mbale
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 11, 2015

The architecture of the mosque was breathtaking. I loved strolling through the mosques central, open parlor. Great pic, especially at night!

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Watford, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 29, 2014

We offered our Friday prayers here, listened to the most beautiful recitation of the quran, the atmosphere was great and its right next to Khan Al Khalili.

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Cairo, Egypt
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

Al-Azhar mosque was build in 972 AD in the heart of Islamic Cairo to become the biggest Islamic university for studying Islam.it`s a massive building with tall minarets,divided into 4 Iwans dedicated to the 4 sectors of Islamic study each.Today it`s a the world`s biggest university where thousands of Egyptian and foreign students study secular science in addition to religious... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2014

Ever since I had started planning my Egypt tour, Al-Azhar Mosque was on the top of the list to see. I happened to visit it at the end of my city and Islamic Cairo tour just after maghrib prayers. The road outside the mosque is full of hustle bustle and traffic. When I entered in I found myself in a... More 

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Address: El Hossein Square, Cairo, Egypt
Location: Africa  >  Egypt  >  Cairo Governorate  >  Cairo

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