Mosque of Al-Azhar, Cairo

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Twin carved-stone minarets define Mosque of Al-Azhar, one of Cairo's largest sanctuaries and an Islamic university. Built in 970, the mosque features a white façade stressed with rosette and keel-arched panels cut in the Fatimid style. Accessed through the 15th century Barber's Gate, the mosque's three stately minarets overlook a huge courtyard while alabaster pillars support the large carpeted prayer hall. Admire Mamluk-period stone lattices of the residential quarters of the madrassas here as you escape in the midst of the city. A visit to Mosque of Al-Azhar represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Cairo trip itinerary maker app to plot your vacation.
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  • Wow, just amazing work and on top of all, its so peaceful. There are even some pigeons that fly over the mosque as the place is well known for raising pigeons by the householders. A unique spiritual e...  more »
  • This wonderful Mosque is part of the historic center of Cairo, in the Fatimi district, is considered the National Mosque, of origin in the 10th century where it also served as a school, received a major modification in the early thirteenth century in times Mamelucas, the main sentence room, full of columns is imposing, I really loved having accessed and enjoyed it...
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  • A definite must-see, mostly well-organized, except for very poor places for ablution. They say they're renovating the proper ones. Let's see!
  • This mosque is highly regarded for its historical value, being one of the most important & revered mosque in Islam. It is a huge mosque with a wide courtyard inside, and a few minarets around the mosque symbolizing different eras & dynasties of the caliphates in Egypt. The prayer hall is huge, well-lit & cool although not being air-conditioned, the carpets are still new so quite comfortable for prayers. The ambiance is nice & calm for spiritual visitors. The toilets & ablution areas are well-maintained. The courtyard is wide, nicely tiled & clean enough for prayers. Usually religious classes are held here after prayers, delivered by renowned Islamic scholars which attracts both locals & foreigners visiting the mosque. And the atmosphere here during Ramadan is just awesome, which made it a must-visit mosque for Taraweeh prayers.
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