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“The first Mosque in Cairo”

Mosque of Amr Ibn El-Aas
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Reviewed September 24, 2012

The design explains the era it was built in, the nile passed infront of it at some point, but not anymore!
The history and value of the mosque make it a remarkable spot to go to and its close to the fustat area (coptic cairo)

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Reviewed September 15, 2012

Mosque of Amr Ibn Al-Aas ( Masjed Amr ) also called the ancient mosque ( El-Masjed Al-Ateeq ).
This mosque was built ( 642 A.D. - 21 H. ) by the Muslim commander Amr In Al-Aas after he conquer Egypt, So this mosque is the oldest mosque not just in Egypt, but in all Africa.
The original mosque was 17 x 29 m. , but the mosque had many additions to be recently 120,5 x 112,5 m.

1  Thank Aiman_Madany
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Reviewed August 21, 2012

This is one of the Great Religious Building in Cairo, very wide & spiritual place to visit so as to touch the core of the Islamic Architectural Arts
It is the earliest location chosen by the Great Arab Leader Amr Ibn El-Aas to build his first mosque on the Pharaonic Lands

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Reviewed June 11, 2012

As has been stated by other reviewers, this is the oldest mosque in Africa and located in the Cairene district of al Fustat (literally The Tent) and marks the spot where the Muslim army, that setup camp. The mosque is named for the Emir who led this army. It has been much restored over the centuries, but still retains it's very early form.

Essentially, this mosque comprises a courtyard that is surrounded on all four sides by columned halls. The forest of columns, supporting row upon row of arches, originaly came from classical buildings, as can be seen from their Corinthian capitals, and are made from stones as varied as marble and purple porphyry.

The qibla wall features three mihrabs (niches indicating the direction of Mecca) and accompanying minbars (pulpits). These niches vary between carved and inlaid stone decoration and feature geometric patterns and, calligraphic, Quranic verses.

There is also an ablution fountain at the centre of the open courtyard.

Be prepared to remove your shoes, to tip the attendant and remember to dress appropriately; during my last visit there were women wandering around in bikinis, during a funeral. Otherwise this is another of those little visited mosques that provide a welcoming and peaceful spot to acquire a greater understanding of the history of this city.

(NB. The mosque is in an area that contains many remnants of Mamluke and Fatimid aqueducts and of the Ayyubid (?) city walls, which are worth looking out for.)

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Reviewed April 5, 2012

Really it is, It is the oldest mosque in Africa & of course in Egypt. It was built in 642 AD, as the center of the newly-founded capital of Egypt, Fustat.

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