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Reviewed 5 days ago

While the building of the mosque was started by caliph Al-'Aziz, notable for his political successes in Syria and his tolerance towards Christians, it was finished by his son Al-Hakim and bears his name. I've written my thesis about Al-Hakim so I know too much...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Nothing prepares one for the impact when seeing this masterpiece of archiitecture for the first time. I could only gasp at the awe and splendour of aged pillars that still stand so proud and defiantly against the ravages of time. This stunning masjid built more...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed March 17, 2019 via mobile

One of the first significant buildings I came across whilst walking in the Bazaar, didn't get a chance to enter as I was with a group, though I wish I had.

Date of experience: January 2019
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Reviewed October 17, 2018

This is just inside the Northern gate of Islamic Cairo, Bab Al Futuh. The mosque was built in 928 AD and it was interesting to just go around for a few minutes and admire the architecture and contemplate on the history. It is free entrance...More

Date of experience: May 2018
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Reviewed September 6, 2018

When you are in Islamic Cairo, the first thing you would like to visit from inside is a mosque. There are many of them free of charge to visit them as they are active mosques, few require a ticket to visit them ( none active)....More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 4, 2018

came with the family after a walk through the streets of Khan khalili which is a little hectic. drop your shoes off at the entrance and walk straight in with no fee, tip the guys who takes care of your shoes, 5LE is enough. inside...More

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed February 22, 2018

While outside this mosque at Bab al-Futuh is bustling, it was enjoyable to enter this mosque, which has two special minarets. The qibla wall at present is closed and there are renovations taking place. I was sorry not to be able to see the mihrab...More

Date of experience: February 2018
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Reviewed December 8, 2017

The reason the Dawoodi branch of Shia Islam financed the restoration of this mosque in 1980 is its origin. Dawoodis who mainly live in West Inda follow the teachings of a Fatimid imam. The Al-Hakim mosque or at least the two peculiar minarets date from...More

Date of experience: December 2017
Thank Robert937
Reviewed May 3, 2017

Mosques are unusual to us westerners, and this one is specially beautiful. Is is huge and is named after a leader with a very unusual history. He disappeared into the desert at the height of his power. Some think he became a Christian.

Date of experience: April 2017
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Reviewed March 12, 2017

There are many better mosques in Cairo but probably few as versatile, the mosque was used as a prison during the crusades, as a stable by Saladin, as a fortress by Nepoleon and fell out of use. Later in 1980’s a Islamic Sect in India...More

Date of experience: February 2017
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