Cairo Citadel

Cairo Citadel

Cairo Citadel
4.5
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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This massive stone fortress, built by Salah ad-Din in the 12th century, was crowned with the Mosque of Mohammed Ali 700 years later.
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Myo M
Coquitlam, Canada20,917 contributions
Nov. 2021
Really a "big sprawling" site with the Muhammad Ali Mosque as its "main feature" but which is not the only one to visit at this site, I made a total of "four stops" each at a smaller site within this big site (but all four just pretty close to one another): the first stop at the "smaller mosque" which is just quite a plain one with its own "interior square" to walk around along the corridors on four sides (with just some specific item of a sundial or such where I was taken to by the caretaker gentleman); the second stop at the "main mosque" Muhammad Ali with some round-shaped pavilion-like structure in the middle of its "interior square" and where on one side of the square is a small-but-glittering clock tower and where on another side of the square by "looking up above" is really a great view of the "grand architecture" of the Mosque seen almost in its entirety with the main dome & the two tall minarets (with the only parts not seen from that square being the two smaller domes on the opposite side of the Mosque); the third stop at the viewpoint (actually located right on the back side of Muhammad Ali after going through its square) for a "nice panorama" of the city although the skyline with modern buildings is not nearby but kind of a distant view; and finally the fourth stop at the National Military Museum which is a "pretty sizeable" outdoor area with plenty of miscellaneous military hardware items on display (such as old cannons, modern artillery guns, tanks, armored vehicles some of which with rockets mounted on them & actually also 2 or 3 small planes) and where apart from those various armaments are also a number of stone busts of some great "warrior pharaohs" from the times past & also standing statues (somewhat larger than life-sized) of Egypt's "first two presidents".

After about a half-day of about 3.5 hours, I headed from here to the Mosque of Ibn Tulun at just a short 10-to-15-minute taxi ride away (not a great architectural-styled mosque as the Muhammad Ali Mosque at this site, but actually one with an "interior square" larger than that at Muhammad Ali and above all with a minaret "for going up" where from the top are nice views all around including that of this great citadel).
Written 9 May 2022
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TTOverseas
Cairo, Egypt206 contributions
Apr. 2022
The Cairo Citadel towers over the city and is an absolute Must Visit. Yes, as with most Egypt sights, this is a very different experience for those with Mobility Issues or on large tours. The way to see all the sights in Egypt is with a small group and planning around known busy periods, But This is Not Always Possible.

We planned the visit for early (The light behind us looking towards the Nile and the Pyramids AND small crowds) and we enjoy walking and a little outside time. It was an exceptionally clear day, but this is also because of the lower pollution on Fridays. We spent around an hour wandering around the grounds and some more time in the Mosque.
Written 30 April 2022
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Hyoga83
Bordeaux, France657 contributions
Mar. 2022
Please note it is extremely annoying and long to reach by foot, the entrance is far from everything. And to leave the area taxis just propose rip-off prices, and Uber drivers have it difficult to stop by...
So surprised with the reviews of this place! It feels almost like a tourist trap, extremely expensive for what it is. Thankfully it was included in the Cairo Pass we had, as the only worthwhile thing is the view. The mosque is nice, but not worth the price or hussle.
Written 19 April 2022
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Musicians Mum
175 contributions
Mar. 2022
Visited as optional add on "Islamic Cairo and Citadel of Saladin" to Small group uk tour.
Parked up,through the security gate,hussled by local uguide allocated by tour operator ,who took us to the mosque and gave lecture.
Yes Mosque is pretty. Inside and out.
The clock in the courtyard is of French origin and swapped for an obelisk(Now in Paris).The view from the courtyard is panoramic .BUT ..citadel means to me towers /walls / turrets / battlements / guns /arrow slits / palace complex etc.During the 20 mins free time allowed I found an entrance gate looking very"castle like" .,another mosque entrance .I asked whether we get to see the citadel proper and no.The Military museum (thrilling) was closed and nothing in the rest of the citadel is apparently open to look at.
Very dissapointing.
Written 12 April 2022
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SidSne
Dundee, UK156 contributions
Feb. 2022 • Family
The Mosque and the whole Citadel was a great visit.
The place is so quiet and beautiful
Must fit in Cairo Visit.
Very safe to visit and peaceful to spend some time. Also the panoramic views from this are great
Our EMO tour Guide Ahmed Jackson made this trip memorable as a part of Coptic and Islamic Cairo day
Written 27 February 2022
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leiaevans13
California42 contributions
Feb. 2022 • Family
Amazing mosque. The architecture is breathtaking. I love how we get to see the whole Cairo from the top. A lot of beautiful spots to take photo
Written 14 February 2022
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PavelKram
Prague, Czech Republic22 contributions
Feb. 2022 • Family
The only entrance (and exit) to the Cairo Saladin Citadel is from the Salah Salem street. We visited charming Al-Nasser Mohammed Ibn Kalawoun mosque, huge Muhammad Ali mosque, prison. View on Cairo with sun going down was magnificent. We were guided by Mahmoud +20 122 8232071 who provided us with many details from Ayubin, Mamluk and Otoman era.
Written 8 February 2022
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podrozniczka60
New Jersey14,334 contributions
Dec. 2021
The Citadel area is on a high elevation point towering over Cairo. Medieval Islamic-era fortification was built to protect against the invading Crusaders.
Mohammed Ali's Alabaster Mosque - a 19th century imposing magnificent mosque - defines the area. We did not get a chance to visit the museums clustered here but Citadel itself is a remarkable landmark.
Written 5 January 2022
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Michael W
Redding, CT947 contributions
Dec. 2021 • Solo
I didn’t find a great deal to see in the Citadel itself, other than the views over Cairo, since you’re high up and looking down on it and the large mosque, but this is a part of the same complex as the Military Museum so worth a visit for that reason alone. The Military Museum is not to be missed.
Written 2 January 2022
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Abeer H
Dubai, United Arab Emirates1,160 contributions
Dec. 2021 • Family
Like a typical Cairo place, inconvenient for tourists. Guards didnt let careem car to go to next gate although taxis and cars were going. It was a slope of a kilometer and we had to drag a baby stroller to the entrance. Guards and everyone were looking and like typical Egyptian hospitality, nobody bothered or offered to help or allowed car to go.
Cairo is generally a very tourist inconvenient place. We got the same experience here. Nobody knew English. Not mush written for tourists, no guidelines. Even when you are inside there are no directions that where is the exit. There is no place to find out which parts you should visit in Citadel and where are those. Nobody helps or tells you. We visited 2 mosques and then got out. We opted not to see military and police museums. We have no idea if anything else was there. I guess we should've hired a guide for it.
Written 10 December 2021
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