Religious Sites in Cairo

Religious Sites in Cairo, Egypt

Religious Sites in Cairo

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  • Askgit
    Halifax, Canada137 contributions
    Amazing place to visit with ancient charm and a long fascinating history. The inside is as amazing as the outside. We were lucky to find MR. Jamal Aldine at the entrance door of the masjid to tell us a detail history about the masjid and the area around it with a reasonable price
    Written September 9, 2022
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  • bikehog
    Lakewood Ranch, FL685 contributions
    We visited the Citadel and mosque in August 2022. Amazing view from the top. Very interesting history. Hot though.
    Written September 6, 2022
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  • Jazzumbo
    Romania1,646 contributions
    For those passionate about the Islamic architecture, the Mosque of al-Azhar is a must see. Founded by the Fatimid conqueror Gawhar al-Siqilli in 970, it is currently a great mixture of styles and periods. For example, the qibla wall dates from the 14th century, Sultan Quaytbay added one of the minarets in 1475 and the main façade is from 19th century, while the double arched gate of the main façade belongs to the mid-18th century.
    Briefly, the visitors can admire the Fatimid, Mameluke and Ottoman architectural features blended together in majestic building.
    It is important to mention that the mosque-madrasa complex of al-Azhar is one of the oldest universities in the world.
    Another detail that makes al-Azhar so unique: it was a Shiite theological center until the 1260s when the mosque was re-inaugurated as a Sunni institution.
    Written May 29, 2022
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  • Monty S
    Toronto, Canada372 contributions
    You must see this church, the citadel, one of the many famous mosques, and the Egyptian Museum, to gain an appreciation of the history of Cairo (the pyramids are in Giza).
    This complex is uniquely a mix of Greek, Arabic, and Roman, architecture, religious symbols, and art. You will miss many interesting aspects without a guide or guide book.
    Written September 5, 2022
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  • CCleChat
    Brisbane, Australia92 contributions
    Well presented, and large, cool complex to visit in the heat of Cairo's late morning July! Interesting history, and a great view.
    Written August 22, 2022
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  • Myo M
    Coquitlam, Canada21,459 contributions
    Quite impressive here is the spaciousness of the "interior square" of this mosque although its corridors on the four sides & the round-shaped pavilion in the middle are all quite plain I would say (nowhere as elaborate as the similar square at the Muhammad Ali Mosque at the Cairo Citadel visited just prior to here although it's one of smaller size than this one). Then yes, what can be done here which is likely not possible at many mosques of the world (my first such experience among those I've been to) is to go right up above the Mosque where there are actually "2 parts": its rooftop with a fairly spacious area to walk around on the four sides (where you can go "right to the edge" to see the big square down below); and its minaret which you go up along an "exterior staircase" (for some great views of the city to some distances all around including the view of the Citadel located not too far away from this mosque).

    So, it was actually "4 mosques" that I visited on the same day with the fourth one (apart from this one, Muhammad Ali at the Citadel as mentioned above & also the smaller mosque just within the Citadel) being the mosque right beside this one which is actually one seemingly "not in use" with signs of decay around its small square inside but with its minaret also being one available for going up (a "tighter space" to move around at the top of that one though compared to the top of the minaret at this mosque). And also located right beside this mosque (in the "opposite direction" as that to the fourth mosque just mentioned which was actually the third one in my "order of visit" just before this mosque) is Gayer-Anderson House Museum which despite its 3-story structure is not much one for impression with a "dreary look" from outside (and which is all I saw of it arriving at about their closing time of 3 pm).
    Written May 14, 2022
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  • Michael W
    Redding, CT1,031 contributions
    Along with the Sultan Hasan mosque, this is a very impressive building which is a must visit part of a tour of Old Cairo. No need to spend that much time there but the sheer size of these buildings is something to behold.
    Written January 2, 2022
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  • podrozniczka60
    New Jersey14,441 contributions
    This church can be seen as a part of visit to Coptic Cairo. The Church of St. George is within the Babylon Fortress, and it is Greek Orthodox not Coptic Orthodox. The original church was from 10th century but was destroyed by fire and current structure was built in the beginning of 20th century.
    Graceful well balance complex on the outside - reveals beautiful interior on the inside.
    Written January 12, 2022
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  • Tom
    Maple Grove, MN1,913 contributions
    Definitely worth a stop when visiting this area of Cairo. This site has an interesting mix of history, as it was originally a church and then converted about a century ago. No pictures allowed inside.
    Written October 13, 2021
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  • Faysordinarylife
    Emirate of Ajman, United Arab Emirates69 contributions
    This is a historical place and very sacred for muslims. There is a different kind of spiritual feel to this place but the cleanliness and chaos around the area disappointed me as a tourist. The management and people really need to work toward keeping the place clean.
    Written December 23, 2020
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  • Kazi Y
    Dhaka City, Bangladesh131 contributions
    The Mosque of Amr ibn al-As was originally built in 641–642 AD in Cairo. The original structure was the first mosque in Egypt and the whole of Africa. Through the twentieth century, it was the fourth largest mosque in the Islamic world. The location for the mosque was the site of the tent of the commander of the Muslim army, general Amr ibn al-As. Due to extensive reconstruction over the centuries nothing of the original building remains. The mosque is not well maintained, needs upgrading from broken lamps, old carpets etc.It is an active mosque, and when prayers are not taking place, it is also open to visitors and tourists. At the time of visiting the mosque women need to cover their heads; arms and legs and all visitors will need to leave their shoes prior to entering the mosque. The mosque is an active place of worship, as such, the mosque is not open to visitors during prayer times and on holy days.
    Written March 27, 2020
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  • Jazzumbo
    Romania1,646 contributions
    The whole complex, with all its components – hospital, madrassa and mausoleum - was built in just thirteen months, between June 1284 – August 1285. Its splendor and imposing scale keep surprising the visitors after more than seven centuries.
    The minaret recalls the shape of Syrian minarets, while the walls decoration features elements from Spain and North Africa that were perhaps the work of artisans from Andalusia and Morocco. The façade and the sumptuous interior have a Gothic touch, which is understandable considering that the sultan al-Mansour Qalawun was familiar with crusaders churches in Syria. He actually died five years later, at the age of 70 while on the way to the crusaders fortress of Acre, which he planned to attack.
    The museum’s guide, a passionate photographer, was very professional, providing a lot of useful info in a fluent English.
    Written June 29, 2022
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  • Eileen108
    Mount Shasta, CA3,960 contributions
    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 so worth a quick visit.

    This was included in a Mara House 9-day group tour (HIGHLY recommended!) with 16 others.
    Written October 18, 2018
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  • indrajit s
    Kolkata (Calcutta), India300 contributions
    During my short stay in the ancient City of Cairo, I was amazed to see this modern-day beautiful church while exploring the city of Mosques and Churches.Builtin late 60s what is believed that this land was the tomb of Alexander the great .Our sudden evening visit to the place was worth , it the most beautiful well maintained landmark in in Helioplies area of the city .The huge structure and amazing art work is something worth watch while you enjoy the peace
    Written February 19, 2020
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  • Jazzumbo
    Romania1,646 contributions
    Small church hidden on a narrow street in the old Coptic quarter of Cairo. The maze of tiny streets that is today Cairo's old Coptic quarter was part of the Fortress of Babylon about 2000 years ago. The Church of Saint Barbara dates back from the 4th century AD.
    Viewed from the street, the building of St Barbara church has nothing spectacular. It looks just like a random house in the neighborhood. This is because it was built in a time were Christianity was illegal by the Roman low, so the worshippers of the new religion didn't want to attract the attention of the Roman guards and soldiers.
    However, this detail proved to be useful some hundred of years later, during Mamluk rule of Cairo, when many Christians churches have been closed or demolished.
    Nowadays, the church host the relics of Saint Barbara herself, so it's a target for pilgrims. It has been renovated several times.
    Written November 21, 2021
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