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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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Amazing views and very friendly

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed January 23, 2015
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Western Australia, Australia
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30 reviews 30 reviews
13 attraction reviews
17 helpful votes 17 helpful votes
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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15 helpful votes 15 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 16, 2015

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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3 reviews 3 reviews
12 helpful votes 12 helpful votes
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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14 reviews 14 reviews
10 attraction reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
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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43 reviews 43 reviews
30 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
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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Pakistan
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84 helpful votes 84 helpful votes
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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Honolulu, Hawaii
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216 attraction reviews
239 helpful votes 239 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 14, 2014

With all of the things to do and see in a city, deciding how to spend your time can be quite a difficult decision! Of all the available attractions in Cairo, and vicinity; in addition to the Great Pyramids, and Sphinx, there are also some very beautiful mosques; which you may visit. One which we choose to visit was the... More 

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saudi arabia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 12, 2014 via mobile

this mosque summerize the hestory of establishing Cairo. I feel relax when i go there. In addition there are alot of activities you can enjoy next to the mosque e.g. Restaurants, cafes, shops and hestorical places to visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 21, 2014

Our visit to the Mosque of Al-Azhar was great. The mosque is very important and very old and very beautiful both inside and outside. I would thoroughly recommend a visit when in Cairo

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Sweden
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014

This mosque is to compare to vatican in the Islam world. The respect for this mosque is enormous and it is considered one of those mosques which has the right to give religious advice and direction. Besides the religious fact, this mosque is one of the oldest one in the modern history of Islam. It is also a real gem... More 

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