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“Fatemid mosque of Al-Hakim.” 1 of 5 stars
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Al-Hakim Mosque
Cairo, Egypt
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Ranked #53 of 154 attractions in Cairo
Type: Religious Sites
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“Fatemid mosque of Al-Hakim.”
1 of 5 stars Reviewed September 8, 2012

Al-Hakim mosque lie in the north side of Islamic Cairo city walls, beside Bab Al-Fetouh. the mosque has been built in 990 AD 380 H>
the mosque contain courtyard " Sahn " in the central and 4 Isles "Rewaqs" around, the biggest isle which in the eastern side.
the mosque consider one of the biggest mosques in Egypt.
the floor covered by marble and the roof carried on pillars.

Visited August 2012
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“Large, quiet, but modernized”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 28, 2012

This is one of the biggest mosques in Islamic Cairo, and one of the few surviving from the Fatimid era (the once-powerful Isma'ili Shi'a dynasty that preceded Saladin). The sultan/caliph who built it is infamous, and often called mad, due to his eccentric fanaticism and persecution of minorities (he also demolished the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem at the time), though this was not characteristic of the Fatimid dynasty as a whole. The building was used for various other purposes for several centuries until restoration in 1980 by modern Isma'ilis.

Some experts have criticized the renovation for violating original authenticity of the structure, but the restoration has also allowed it to be used again as a fully functional mosque.

As a result, the interior is large, clean, and peaceful but looks kind of modern. In this respect, the Ibn Tulun mosque in southern Cairo, which was probably one of the main inspirations, is more interesting. The new mihrab added by the restoration is also relatively boring, though the original mihrab also survives off to the side. Some other decorations survive, but the more interesting features of the mosque are the two strange minarets in a style later copied elsewhere. The northern wall of the mosque is also attached to the old city walls, so while you're there you can also visit the medieval stone gates of Bab Futuh and Bab Nasr nearby.

All in all, not the most interesting place you can visit in Islamic Cairo, but if you're not that interested in art history then it's still an impressive large mosque.

Visited August 2011
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“Amazing”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2012 via mobile

Amazingg.. Very spirtual...incredible height a must see

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“Nice architecture.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed February 29, 2012

Impressive building and peacefull inside, shame you get hassle on the way in/ out... asked if we wanted to go up the turrets (no doubt for a tip) and politely refused... then asked for a tip for 'looking after' our shoes. Normal in Cairo to be fair mind...

Visited February 2012
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“Worth a visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 16, 2012

Hire a Muslim driver and taxi for the day and tour Islamic Cairo. He will be proud to show you the best, and this Mosque is one of the most beautiful.

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