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“Echo of the Ottoman Empire”
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Mohamed Ali Mosque
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Owner description: Located in the Citadel, this mosque was built between 1824 and 1857 in the Ottoman style by Mohammad Ali Pasha, a ruler of Egypt.
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“Echo of the Ottoman Empire”
Reviewed May 4, 2009

One of my guide books describes this mosque with it's Ottoman style and soaring interior space as a grand gesture meant to echo the great Imperial mosques of the Ottoman Empire. Smaller and not as elegant as the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, the Alabaster Mosque is nonetheless splendid. Built between 1830 and 1848 by Mohammed Ali Pasha, generally considered to the be the founder of modern Egypt, the mosque has become an international symbol of Cairo.

Entry to the mosque is part of the admission price of a ticket to see The Citadel - 50 Egyptian pounds. It is reached via a series of stairs that wind up to the main court in front of the mosque. Entry is at the back where everybody removes their shoes and women cover their heads. At this mosque, you carry your shoes because you exit at the other side from where you enter. Remember that you always carry your shoes with the soles held together. It is considered offensive to reveal the soles of your shoes.

The court is quite beautiful and open and is dominated by an ornate clock which was given to Egypt in exchange for an obelisk that still stands in the Place de la Concorde. The timepiece has never worked. The interior of the mosque is richly decorated with wonderful red carpet and many crystal chandliers. On the day of my visit it wasn't crowded. Once here, make certain that you visit the two mosques below the Citadel - Mosque of Sultan Hassan and Mosque of al-Rafai. Both are older and even more interesting. Take a cab as the walk is hot and dusty.

Make sure to visit the palace across the court, the Mosque of Suleiman Pasha, and the Carriage Museum while you are in the Citadel.

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“Worth seeing.”
Reviewed May 15, 2008

If you find yourself at the Citadel, which you probably will, definitely check out Mohammad Ali's mosque. It's reminiscent of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul, but nowhere near as big or as classy. Expect to find it packed with tourists. Both the interior and exterior are in great shape. The clock tower, which dominates the courtyard, was donated by the French some 150 years ago, has never worked. Personally, I thought the Qala'un Mosque (100 yards or so from the Mohammad Ali mosque) was more pleasing, and definitely less crowded.

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“A must-see!”
Reviewed March 30, 2006

On our second day in Cairo, our guide took us to the Egyptian Museum, Islamic Cairo and Khan El Khalili (bazaar) during the day then the Pyramids Sound and Light Show in the evening.

Islamic Cairo: Mohammed Ali Mosque at Citadel, Sultan Hussein Mosque and Rifai Mosque, Imam Shafi Mosque, Al Azhar Mosque, El Hussein Mosque.

Mohammed Ali mosque is an archetectural wonder, words cannot describe and pictures don't do it justice. Once there, you get to not only tour the mosque but also see a little museum which has the history of the royal family.

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