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Citadel (Al-Qalaa) Admission Ticket
USD 25.65 per adult
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Salah Salem St, Cairo 11511 Egypt
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Check off three of Cairo’s most important ancient Egyptian sites in a day with a qualified Egyptologist guide. Start at Giza, home to the three Great Pyramids, the Valley Temple, and the majestic Sphinx. After a restaurant lunch, travel to Saqqara, an ancient cemetery known for Egypt’s first true pyramid. Finish with a visit to Memphis, city of the pharaohs who built these ancient tombs.
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PaoloAiello wrote a review Dec. 2020
Sicily, Italy449 contributions136 helpful votes
The citadel is an interesting place to visit for sure. If you come to Cairo you should definitely come have a look. The price, maintenance and organization of the place are a bit disappointing though. The ticket is 180 EGP for foreigners. There are supposed to be 4 museums inside but, when we visited in November 2020, 3 of them were closed (just the police museum was open). On top of that the level of maintenance of the place is really poor. There's trash everywhere and a lot of old buildings that are falling apart. They should really clean the place and fix the buildings, including the wooden structures in the main garden in front of the mosque that are falling to the floor. The thing that most disturbed me was that I tried to go to the toilet and I got asked for money to enter. Isn't 180 EGP enough to use the toilet??? It's just unbelievable. The mosque of Mohamed Ali is beautiful but needs some cleaning too. The alabaster is brown rather than white...
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Date of experience: November 2020
2 Helpful votes
HeyD82 wrote a review Dec. 2020
Finland57 contributions77 helpful votes
We visited the Citadel in Cairo mainly because we wanted to see the Mosque of Mohammed Ali. The entry fee was 180 Egyptian pounds which we thought was way overpriced for what you get to see. The entry fee covered the Mosque of Mohammed Ali and another mosque. There were also a few museums (4) in the area that were included in the fee but only 1 of them was open. No doubt the Mosque of Mohammed Ali is beautiful and the view of Cairo from here is pretty interesting but the entry fee really is too much considering that it's almost the same (200 Egyptian pounds) as to visit the pyramids of Giza. In addition to this there were no free restrooms to use inside the complex as the ladies outside the restrooms kept asking for money to use them. One might wanna consider visiting another Cairo sight for this money unless you really just wanna see the Mosque of Mohammed Ali. Then there is no other choice ;).
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Date of experience: December 2020
WImom wrote a review Nov. 2020
Fond du Lac, Wisconsin2,339 contributions382 helpful votes
The Citadel is one of the iconic landmarks of Cairo. It is the largest medieval fortress in the world. The highlight of this is the Mosque of Mohammad Ali which is similar to the Hague Sophia in Istanbul but smaller. It took 18 years to build. Mohammed Ali lies in the tomb of the right as you enter. There is a terrace here with great Cairo views. Photos are allowed. Free brochures are available explaining different concepts of Islam. It is a huge complex to walk around.
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Date of experience: December 2019
2 Helpful votes
Takarasina wrote a review Nov. 2020
352 contributions58 helpful votes
Because it's just neglected and rather dirty ruins, nothing else. Yes, there is a Mohammed Ali mosque there plus four museums for Egypt connoisseurs but it's another pair of shoes. Beware of touts, stray dogs and pavements full of potholes. An episode in its history worth noting is March 1st, 1811 when that Mohammed Ali, an Albanian born in Macedonia and future pasha of Egypt and its prominent leader, massacred all but one (by chance) Mamluks who ruled the country at that time and eventually grabbed the throne - with silent consent of the Ottomans. The dynasty he founded reigned over Egypt until 1952 when Mr (Comrade?) Naser overthrew it by a military coup. Another moment that caught my eye was a bundle of slackers - policemen, soldiers armed cap-a-pie as if they were preparing to rebuff an army of aggressors and local tourist officials - all of them doing absolutely nothing but sipping on their tea and lazily checking gadgets of tourists still alive after covid. Could've taken a broom and clean under themselves a little bit! Viewing Cairo therefrom was really nice. But it took just those thirty minutes I wrote about - maximum.
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Date of experience: November 2020
1 Helpful vote
SOQ2010 wrote a review Oct. 2020
Medford, Massachusetts1,681 contributions146 helpful votes
Citadel built by Salah ad-Din . In late 12th century .There is a beautiful rugged unassuming mosque Al Nasr masjid inside the citadel .Another masjid Mohd. Ali is nice from inside but dirty sandy outside.Authorities should make an effort to clean the exterior.
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Date of experience: September 2020
3 Helpful votes
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