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- We visited the Citadel and mosque in August 2022. Amazing view from the top. Very interesting history. Hot though.Written September 6, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- 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, 2022This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- A well preserved place. The architecture is so beautiful. Once you enter the place you feel you are in a different world. The entrance is so crowded. You can find all kind of stuff for shopping outside the madrassa.Written December 23, 2020This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.
- Very beautiful palace, with a premium location beside the rive Nile. Very accessible. Free entry to Egyptians. Beautiful architecture with alot of wonderful paints and monuments.Written March 28, 2022
- The hole of Abdulrahman Kathkhuda is the best Sabil in the islamic world, it has a brilliant architecture that you will love to see and shot with your lens
P.s visit it in the morning to enter it from insideWritten September 18, 2019
- Overnight sleeping Train to Luxor , approx 10 hour but it is amazing experience with the family .
They offer dinner and breakfastWritten December 22, 2020
- This is actually two charming early 14th-century buildings facing each other (sort of like the al-Ghuri mosque-mausoleum complex near al-Azhar) on the street leading from the Sultan Hassan mosque to the Ibn Tulun Mosque. As a result, it's a nice location to admire on a walk between those two more impressive mosques. The mosque is on the north side of the street while the khanqah (a religious space and lodge for sufis/Muslim mystics) is on the south side.
If you're interested in Cairo's medieval (Mamluk) architecture, then they're worth a closer look. Although the two buildings look identical at first sight, they're actually different in many ways. The two minarets seem to be identical, however, and the visual effect of having them frame the street on both sides (almost like goal posts!) is clearly deliberate, and demonstrates how medieval builders were trying to dominate the skyline along certain important avenues in Cairo.
One interesting detail to notice on the outside of the khanqah is the pharaonic block above the doorway. The inside of that building, to my knowledge, is not open for visitors (or at least I've never seen it open). I don't think it's being used for anything currently.
The mosque, however, opens for prayer times only; you can usually have a look inside just after prayers finish, before the imam closes it up again. There are some lovely painted ceilings and other interesting details, including some excavations of a cistern (apparently) at the back. If you're only visiting the highlights of Islamic Cairo, though, it may not be worth going out of your way.Written August 28, 2019
- Amazing place! In the middle of Islamic Cairo. The guide inside Sabil speaks Arabic only, but he is in love with his job and gives a lot of information about Sabil-kuttab and history of Egypt in general.
There are a lot of stands with explanations inside the Sabil-kuttab in English and Arabic.
Ticket is very cheap, 20LE for foreign adults, students and Egyptians tickets are cheaper.Written December 13, 2021
- it's very easy to reach because it's located in the city between the museum and old Cairo, but needs half day to visit because it was built to be the royal house.
the palace has huge gardens and include some museums and representing the Arab culture and Islamic arts.Written February 25, 2021
Frequently Asked Questions about Cairo
- These places are best for architectural buildings in Cairo:
- Cairo Citadel
- Hanging Church (El Muallaqa, Sitt Mariam, St Mary)
- Mosque-Madrassa of al Ghouri
- Aisha Fahmi Palace
- Qa'a of Muhhib Al-Din (Uthman Kathkhuda)