Cairo Citadel
Cairo Citadel
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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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Jazzumbo
Romania1,646 contributions
Mar 2020
The fortress is located on the Mokattam hills, overlooking the city of Cairo. It is supposed to offer the visitors a panoramic view of the metropolis. I visited the place in a sunny afternoon of March and the pollution of the city ruined the entire perspective. I have seen just a bunch of buildings and towers hidden in dust and smog.
The entrance fee for foreigners is 180 Egyptian Pounds, however for the locals seems tobe much cheaper, according to my driver.
The citadel, which was the seat of Egyptian Government and the residence of its rulers for about 700 years, is hosting nowadays the Egyptian Military Museum, which I did not visit as it was temporary closed or something. The most impressive building in the citadel is the Muhammad Ali Mosque, which, however, has nothing to do with the famous American boxing champion. Another remarkable edifice inside the citadel is Al-Nasir Muhammad Mosque.
The construction of the citadel begun in 1176, under the rule of Salah ed-Din, (Saladin for Europeans) and this is why it is also named The Citadel of Saladin.
Written March 9, 2020
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Linda Y
Frisco, TX5,286 contributions
Jan 2020
There’s no overlooking this massive fortress that sits perched above Cairo. The Citadel has a long history that started when Saladin began building the fortress in 1176 to protect the city from the Crusaders. The Mamluks and Ottomans each added their own touches, and Egyptian rulers lived here until about the 1870s. Afterwards, the Citadel was used as a military garrison before being converted into a tourist attraction. While several museums are located at the Citadel, many tourists, like us, come primarily to see the Mosque of Muhammad Ali. The views of Cairo alone are worth a visit here.
Written April 22, 2020
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DEK_29
Brisbane, Australia1,087 contributions
Jan 2020
We toured the Citadel of Salah ad-Din on a pre-planned Cairo tour through Misr Travel in January. The day itself was cold and foggy with showers. Yet this do not impede our sightseeing. We wandered around the citadel without being hassled by many sellers and touts. However, the main problem for us was the uneven ground and I did notice that in many places that need repair. The buildings including the mosques have the familiar color tinge of Cairo. The Mosque of Muhammad Ali actually looks a deep sand beige and not the alabaster white that it once was. Sand, wind and rain have eroded parts of the buildings. Worthwhile as a place to view the Islamic section of old Cairo. Plenty of sellers and touts are to be found just outside the entrance, so you have to run the gauntlet.
Written April 6, 2020
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Musicians Mum
279 contributions
Mar 2022
Visited as optional add on "Islamic Cairo and Citadel of Saladin" to Small group uk tour.
Parked up,through the security gate,hussled by local uguide allocated by tour operator ,who took us to the mosque and gave lecture.
Yes Mosque is pretty. Inside and out.
The clock in the courtyard is of French origin and swapped for an obelisk(Now in Paris).The view from the courtyard is panoramic .BUT ..citadel means to me towers /walls / turrets / battlements / guns /arrow slits / palace complex etc.During the 20 mins free time allowed I found an entrance gate looking very"castle like" .,another mosque entrance .I asked whether we get to see the citadel proper and no.The Military museum (thrilling) was closed and nothing in the rest of the citadel is apparently open to look at.
Very dissapointing.
Written April 12, 2022
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Hyoga83
Bordeaux, France684 contributions
Mar 2022
Please note it is extremely annoying and long to reach by foot, the entrance is far from everything. And to leave the area taxis just propose rip-off prices, and Uber drivers have it difficult to stop by...
So surprised with the reviews of this place! It feels almost like a tourist trap, extremely expensive for what it is. Thankfully it was included in the Cairo Pass we had, as the only worthwhile thing is the view. The mosque is nice, but not worth the price or hussle.
Written April 19, 2022
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CPaM68
Texas632 contributions
Jan 2022
On the west wall of the courtyard is a huge iron clock that was given as a gift in the 1840s to the Turkish ruler of Egypt, Muhammad Ali, by the French King, Louis Philippe. The clock was given in exchange for the ancient Egyptian obelisk that now stands at Place de la Concorde in Paris. The clock has rarely worked and probably never will, but in 2021 the Council of Antiquities announced that it was going to be repaired. It is one of the oldest of its type in the world. Photos are allowed. (PaM)
Written June 9, 2022
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podrozniczka60
New Jersey14,458 contributions
Dec 2021
The Citadel area is on a high elevation point towering over Cairo. Medieval Islamic-era fortification was built to protect against the invading Crusaders.
Mohammed Ali's Alabaster Mosque - a 19th century imposing magnificent mosque - defines the area. We did not get a chance to visit the museums clustered here but Citadel itself is a remarkable landmark.
Written January 5, 2022
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Dalbir_S_Virdi
Navi Mumbai, India3,027 contributions
Jan 2020
This is a very important part of Egyptian History but its not as popular among the Tourists as other attractions. In fact most Travel Agents and Guides do not allocate enough time to visit this place. If you are planning your own itinerary, make sure you allocate 2-3 hours for this place. The whole Citadel is built over a Hill and can be seen from a far distant place - specially the Minarets. Its spread over a vast area and surrounded by a Wall which gives the appearance of a fortified area. It in fact was used as a Fort by Saladin. There are several Mosques inside - of which Md. Ali Mosque is the most beautiful. The Slender Minarets are part of this Mosque. The Islamic part of Egyptian History, which is more modern history, is yet to find the right place in its books.
Written March 11, 2020
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dr_j_now
Germantown, WI583 contributions
Sep 2019
This wasn't necessarily on our personal radar, but it was part of the group tour so obviously we came. It's worth seeing; it's an amazing old site overall and very impressive, especially considering when it was all built. If visiting the area, be sure to dress and act appropriately here especially, as the Mohammad Ali Mosque is one of the main buildings here and must be visited if you're here. Even though it's an impressive building, it is really a bummer that they used limestone from the Great Pyramids to construct it. From the courtyard we got lucky and it was apparently a "clear" day (still quite hazy) and we had a nice view of the city, including the Pyramids in the distance. Overall it was definitely worth a short stop.
Written January 10, 2020
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HeyD82
Finland58 contributions
Dec 2020 • Couples
We visited the Citadel in Cairo mainly because we wanted to see the Mosque of Mohammed Ali. The entry fee was 180 Egyptian pounds which we thought was way overpriced for what you get to see. The entry fee covered the Mosque of Mohammed Ali and another mosque. There were also a few museums (4) in the area that were included in the fee but only 1 of them was open. No doubt the Mosque of Mohammed Ali is beautiful and the view of Cairo from here is pretty interesting but the entry fee really is too much considering that it's almost the same (200 Egyptian pounds) as to visit the pyramids of Giza. In addition to this there were no free restrooms to use inside the complex as the ladies outside the restrooms kept asking for money to use them. One might wanna consider visiting another Cairo sight for this money unless you really just wanna see the Mosque of Mohammed Ali. Then there is no other choice ;).
Written December 1, 2020
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