Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan

Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan, Cairo

Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan

Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan
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Sal
48 contributions
May 2022 • Friends
Here you feel how did the golden age for Arabs looked like , huge beautiful building with a lot of details .. also you see 4 sections where the 4 Islamic sectors were tought ..
Written 10 May 2022
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Hyoga83
Bordeaux, France657 contributions
Mar. 2022
One of the oldest and most beautiful mosques in Cairo, part of their Unesco classified sites. A bit annoying to have to pay to enter, one of the only ones in town to ask for money, but it was included in our Cairo Pass so no problem :)
My favourite is however Ibn Tulun, it is a nice walk from one to another.
Do not be fooled, as entrance from here to the Citadel is pretty far away by foot as it is done via the opposite side.
Written 19 April 2022
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scotdoc2015
Birmingham, UK131 contributions
Mar. 2022
Very similar to Hagia Sophia of Istanbul. Worth visit. Some renovative work taking place here. Large courtyard. Amazing view from here.
Written 13 April 2022
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SidSne
Dundee, UK156 contributions
Feb. 2022
Great construction and great historical site.
The building was a masterpiece and the place was quiet and peaceful
Written 27 February 2022
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podrozniczka60
New Jersey14,331 contributions
Dec. 2021
Because of its size, importance and meaning this mosque should be seen and acknowledged during the exploration of old Cairo. For me it was enough to see it from the outside as at the time no tour was available.
Written 12 January 2022
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Michael W
Redding, CT947 contributions
Dec. 2021 • Friends
Along with the Al Rifai mosque, this is a very impressive building which is a must visit part of a tour of Old Cairo. No need to spend that much time there but the sheer size of these buildings is something to behold.
Written 2 January 2022
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Jazzumbo
Romania1,470 contributions
Oct. 2021
It used to be the largest mosque in the world. It was so massive that some rebel emirs used it as a fortress from where they attacked Cairo Citadel, located on top of the next cliff. In 1500, Mamluk Sultan Janbalat, anticipating another rebel attack from the mosque, ordered it demolished; however, after three days of unsuccessful demolition attempts on the mosque's southeastern (Citadel-facing) walls, he was forced to give up. In 1517, the very last Mamluk sultan, Tumanbay, took refuge inside the mosque in an attempt to evade capture by the victorious Ottoman army as it took control of Cairo, resulting in the Ottomans bombarding the mosque with cannonballs from the Citadel.
These demolition attempts, however, drew criticism from Cairo's population, which subsequently pressured authorities into repairing damages.
It is challenging to figure out how this construction impressed the people after inauguration, back in 1363. It is also believed that limestone from the Pyramids of Giza was quarried for use in the mosque's construction. The mosque hosts four Islamic schools (madrassas) and accommodation for their students.
There’s a shoes wardrobe at the entrance where the visitors can leave their shoes before visiting the mosque. It’s OK to tip the shoes keeper with 5 Egyptian Pounds for the service. A few kittens were playing around while I was removing my shoes.
Written 17 November 2021
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AHMAD
Riyadh, Saudi Arabia1 contribution
Nov. 2021 • Solo
Excellent place to take photos it’s really has the smile of past, you can see all the egypt islamic history in that place it’s amazing
Written 13 November 2021
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Tom
Maple Grove, MN1,893 contributions
Oct. 2021 • Couples
Less impressive than the mosque at the Citadel, but worth a stop to see the structure and nice open courtyard. Nice to walk through.
Written 13 October 2021
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Chelsea
150 contributions
Apr. 2021 • Couples
We really enjoyed our guided tour of here. It was a very peaceful experience with a lot to see. Our guide did an incredible job of explaining the schools and the culture of the Muslim religion. Here we also got to see several tombs that were behind closed doors, as a gentleman with a key showed them to us (we tipped him 20 LE).
Written 26 May 2021
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