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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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Peaceful and welcoming - but not terribly touristy.

Visited in the evening, guided by a couple of students from the prestigious university of the same name. Courtyard is, as in most mosques, very peaceful, and groups of students... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed 3 days ago
Plymouth, United Kingdom

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Plymouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

Visited in the evening, guided by a couple of students from the prestigious university of the same name. Courtyard is, as in most mosques, very peaceful, and groups of students sit with their sheikhs under the pillars surrounding the court; chanting qur'an or learning theology. Interestingly, as there are students here from all over the Sunni world, there were a... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 days ago NEW

It is still one of the most touching experiences, walking around this magic place. Slow down and meditate under the arches.

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Auckland, New Zealand
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 4 weeks ago

I spent about 2 hours here just soaking up the atmosphere at dusk. The azan (call to prayers), the people walking hastily to pray, the energy, solemnity... Even if I am not muslim, people were friendly. It is not elaborate but the atmosphere is special.

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Morgantown, West Virginia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 14, 2015

Few westerners realize that this is the oldest university in the world. A center for Islamic studies, pious students gather to learn and pray.

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Memphis, Tennessee
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 28, 2015

We had a wonderful tour of Al Moez Street with All Tours Egypt and had a spectacular experience at the Mosque of Al-Azhar. This is a must-see while in Islamic Cairo. This was an experience in cultural and spiritual immersion that should not be missed. If you want to see authentic Egypt in an area that is full of the... More 

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Madrid, Spain
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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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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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