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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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Must see in Cairo

A beautiful old mosque, gives one a real feel for the Muslim faith to be here. Everyone should visit a mosque like this at least once.

4 of 5 starsReviewed 2 weeks ago

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 weeks ago

A beautiful old mosque, gives one a real feel for the Muslim faith to be here. Everyone should visit a mosque like this at least once.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Great architectural design, rich in history (try to read about it before going there to appreciate it's importance to the islamic world)

Thank Luv to travel J
Palm Beach Gardens, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Open early in the morning before this part of the city starts to bustle, it is a beautiful and serene place. The open courtyard is special (be careful of water on the ground if you are wearing socks).

Thank dmittleman
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 76 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Stunning architecture, beautiful courtyard, but some parts are under renovation and not well-kept commensurate with its stature as the pride of the Islamic world. I spent some moments sitting on the bench facing the courtyard watching reflections of people and structures on the shining floor... peaceful, and spiritual..

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Cambridge, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 5, 2016

Our guide in Cairo took us here, one of three mosques that we visited. This important mosque has many beautiful architectural features and is well worth visiting – I recommend early as possible

Thank Stephen W
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 25, 2015

I am always amazed by the architectures in Egypt but this mosque is really beautiful. The ceiling caught my attention.

Thank Veyonna J
New York City, New York
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 24, 2015

one of the masterpice mosque all over the world. the mosque AlHambra in spain was built upon it. beautifully decorated. and very important to most muslim community. try to go within a prayer and live the moment. you don;t have to pray there, you can just observe, but you will have to take off your shoes and put scarf on... More 

Thank FaridaGK
Cedarburg, Wisconsin, United States
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 28 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 21, 2015

To an average visitor this mosque is just like another mosque. In fact those who are interested in Islamic architecture will find several structures throughout the Islamic world and in Cairo to surpass the architecture of Al-Azhar. The most important part of a visit to this mosque is the fact that a visitor will be witnessing a place that has... More 

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Algiers, Algeria
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 28, 2015

I was very disappointed to see the state of one most important mosque in the world, dirty inside and especially on the outside mosque, really sad to see that, I hope they will give the true value. beautiful architecture and significant history

Thank Haroun z
Plymouth, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2015

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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