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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just off Sharah Salah Salem, within sight of the Citadel and a short taxi ride from the bazaar of Khan al Khalili, this is an often overlooked masterpiece of late Mamluk architecture. This lovely building hasn't been restored or signposted to attract tourists, but is a functioning mosque in the City of the Dead. Perhaps one of the greatest buildings of its genre, you can enter, quietly and with respect, and contemplate the perfection of this exquisite building. If you ask nicely, you can ascend the minaret and look out on this fascinating area of medieval mosques, mausoleums and dervish schools.

As an added bonus, opposite the mosque, you can visit the glass blowing workshop belonging to Mr Hodhod and run by him, his assistant, Ahmed, and his son, Kamal. Here you can see the ancient art of glassblowing in action and
also have the opportunity to buy unique, original souvenirs.

Date of experience: December 2019
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Reviewed December 14, 2019

We passed by this desolate looking part of Cairo on our way to see the largest Citadel in the Arab World at Saladin Citadel. Not much sign of life, but evidently there are thousands of persons living among the tombs of the dead.

Date of experience: November 2019
Thank Ronald L
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Reviewed August 24, 2019 via mobile

The City of the Dead was interesting and beautiful to see. The photo ops are great, especially at the top of the minarets when you can take panoramic views of the entire surrounding area. An interesting look into a place quite different from anything else I saw in Egypt.

Date of experience: July 2019
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Reviewed July 27, 2019

This is a cemetery - and as such not normally a place to visit. Although the tombs are pretty interesting. What is sad though is that there are, literally, a million people living in the area as they cannot find homes anywhere else but the burial places of their ancestors.

Date of experience: August 2018
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Reviewed July 9, 2019

Words fail when one sees that a million people live life on top of tombs. They have been supplied with running water and electricity, but the sadness of the situation superseded the situation.

Date of experience: July 2019
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