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This massive stone fortress, built by Salah ad-Din in the 12th century, was crowned with the Mosque of Mohammed Ali 700 years later.
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Al-Qala'a | Shar'a Salih Salem, Cairo 11511, Egypt
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The Cairo Citadel rests on Al-Muqattam hills above Cairo. It was originally built by Saladin, who, originally sent by the ruler of Syria and Mosul, Nur ad-Din, became the Fatimid vizier and abolished the Shia Fatimid caliphate in 1171. He established Ayyubid dinasty which ruled...More

Date of experience: May 2018
Thank MathiasS75
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The citadel is the site of one of the great mosques. The Mohammed Ali mosque was in great condition and looked amazing given its age. The grounds outside and around the mosque need renovating. Some parts are like a building site so watch your step...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Amelia C
Reviewed 4 days ago

No need to take the tour, just do your research about the place grab an Uber/Careem and go. This place takes you back in time and offers a very good view of the entire cairo from the top. Personallly I feel the ticket price of...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank OvaisKhanAfridi
Reviewed 6 days ago

The Citadel has some interesting engineering (including the aqueduct). It is not well maintained. In its heyday, it must have been very impressive and a formidable fortification.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Alors
Reviewed 1 week ago

Founded by the famous Commander Saladin, this place must be visited for its magnificence and historical importance.

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank Jorge C
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

I visited a few mosques, and there are many more to visit, but if you can only visit one, it’s this one. It’s beautiful on the outside and inside, well maintained, and posesses incredible city views. Admission was something under 200EP, can’t recall the exact...More

Date of experience: April 2019
Thank marlene21x
Reviewed 1 week ago

Worth the journey to see the citadel started by Saladin with it's views over the city. Visit the Mosque of Mohamed Ali, founder of modern Egypt.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank Jackie C
Reviewed 1 week ago

This fortress is huge and impressive. What really caught my attention was the fantastic condition that it was in. Compared to some European castles built in the same era, this citadel built by Saladin was still in good condition despite being thronged with hundreds or...More

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank linnman
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

We stopped here for lunch and walk around the grounds. The delicious, multi-course lunch was served in a view top restaurant that included an outdoor patio. There were numerous families having picnics on the grounds and enjoying the scenery.

Date of experience: March 2019
Thank ibaol
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

The Citadel is another Must Do. There is only one entrance open! As everywhere, one must go through the security before entering. But we thought it very nice. Also the view from the city wall is nice. There are restaurants. Pleasant area.

Date of experience: March 2019
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Syaza I
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Response from ashtabula | Reviewed this property |
We booked a tour of "Islamic Cairo" through EMO tours for about $25 each.(there were only two of us). Pick up and drop off at our hotel. All entrance fees and shoe storage. Well worth the money. We spent over six hours... More
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May 17, 2017|
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Response from Mikeh53 | Reviewed this property |
As you can tell from the others it is very easy to get around the citadel. I would do some research as there is interesting history surrounding the structure. Mike
September 13, 2016|
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I can't remember Almost 5 $ or very close to this price