Religious Sites in Cairo

Religious Sites in Cairo, Egypt

Religious Sites in Cairo

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  • TTOverseas
    Cairo, Egypt206 contributions
    Seems you have to be a pretty jaded traveler to not appreciate the size and beauty of the Mosque of Muhammad Ali- We were all very impressed and loved taking a few minutes to just stand in awe of the size and majesty of the inside of the Mosque.

    Our Tour Guide did a great job of explaining the history and the complicated relationship of Egyptians with Muhammad Ali, as well as pointing out some of the finer points of the inside. And this from someone who normally passes of tour guides...

    Overall, we thought this was an essential part of our Cairo tour. We got there early on a Friday Morning, so the crowds hadn't yet arrived and it was a very clear day!
    Written 30 April 2022
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  • Myo M
    Coquitlam, Canada20,851 contributions
    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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  • scotdoc2015
    Birmingham, UK131 contributions
    Worth a visit. Library there but no access for visitors. Shame.
    No photos inside the main covered mosque area. Admire the architecture.
    Written 13 April 2022
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  • Myo M
    Coquitlam, Canada20,851 contributions
    Definitely one to "look up" to after entering through the gate to its front grounds, I would say that its exterior architecture which gives the Church somewhat of an appearance of "hanging in the air" (or "being lifted up from the ground"). In any case, fairly nice (although "kind of stuffy" at the time with quite a number of people & incense smoke in the air) is the Church's interior with its walls quite filled with portraits of saints & such (including that of the Virgin & the Baby Jesus) and also one row alongside a wall lined with "relics of saints" (not sure of the contents inside with their exteriors wrapped with colorful cloths); but yes actually above all else, the "most worthwhile" of my visit here is not for those inside but for those outside (along both sides of the front grounds of the Church) which are these colorful & "pretty sizeable" mosaics depicting religious scenes (including one of the Baby Jesus on a donkey or such with his parents by his side).

    After arriving a little late in the day, I only had time for this church in the Coptic Christian area of the city (with just passing by another church looking like a basilica or such located right beside this one and nothing else seen such as some remains of the Babylon Fortress or such) although it was a nice delicious lunch at a restaurant nearby after the church visit (just a few-minute walk to the right after coming out of this church).
    Written 5 May 2022
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  • Sal
    48 contributions
    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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  • Myo M
    Coquitlam, Canada20,851 contributions
    Quite impressive here is the spaciousness of the "interior square" of this mosque although its corridors on the four sides & the round-shaped pavilion in the middle are all quite plain I would say (nowhere as elaborate as the similar square at the Muhammad Ali Mosque at the Cairo Citadel visited just prior to here although it's one of smaller size than this one). Then yes, what can be done here which is likely not possible at many mosques of the world (my first such experience among those I've been to) is to go right up above the Mosque where there are actually "2 parts": its rooftop with a fairly spacious area to walk around on the four sides (where you can go "right to the edge" to see the big square down below); and its minaret which you go up along an "exterior staircase" (for some great views of the city to some distances all around including the view of the Citadel located not too far away from this mosque).

    So, it was actually "4 mosques" that I visited on the same day with the fourth one (apart from this one, Muhammad Ali at the Citadel as mentioned above & also the smaller mosque just within the Citadel) being the mosque right beside this one which is actually one seemingly "not in use" with signs of decay around its small square inside but with its minaret also being one available for going up (a "tighter space" to move around at the top of that one though compared to the top of the minaret at this mosque). And also located right beside this mosque (in the "opposite direction" as that to the fourth mosque just mentioned which was actually the third one in my "order of visit" just before this mosque) is Gayer-Anderson House Museum which despite its 3-story structure is not much one for impression with a "dreary look" from outside (and which is all I saw of it arriving at about their closing time of 3 pm).
    Written 14 May 2022
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  • Michael W
    Redding, CT947 contributions
    Along with the Sultan Hasan 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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  • podrozniczka60
    New Jersey14,331 contributions
    This church can be seen as a part of visit to Coptic Cairo. The Church of St. George is within the Babylon Fortress, and it is Greek Orthodox not Coptic Orthodox. The original church was from 10th century but was destroyed by fire and current structure was built in the beginning of 20th century.
    Graceful well balance complex on the outside - reveals beautiful interior on the inside.
    Written 12 January 2022
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  • Tom
    Maple Grove, MN1,893 contributions
    Definitely worth a stop when visiting this area of Cairo. This site has an interesting mix of history, as it was originally a church and then converted about a century ago. No pictures allowed inside.
    Written 13 October 2021
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  • Faysordinarylife
    Emirate of Ajman, United Arab Emirates69 contributions
    This is a historical place and very sacred for muslims. There is a different kind of spiritual feel to this place but the cleanliness and chaos around the area disappointed me as a tourist. The management and people really need to work toward keeping the place clean.
    Written 23 December 2020
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  • Kazi Y
    Dhaka City, Bangladesh131 contributions
    The Mosque of Amr ibn al-As was originally built in 641–642 AD in Cairo. The original structure was the first mosque in Egypt and the whole of Africa. Through the twentieth century, it was the fourth largest mosque in the Islamic world. The location for the mosque was the site of the tent of the commander of the Muslim army, general Amr ibn al-As. Due to extensive reconstruction over the centuries nothing of the original building remains. The mosque is not well maintained, needs upgrading from broken lamps, old carpets etc.It is an active mosque, and when prayers are not taking place, it is also open to visitors and tourists. At the time of visiting the mosque women need to cover their heads; arms and legs and all visitors will need to leave their shoes prior to entering the mosque. The mosque is an active place of worship, as such, the mosque is not open to visitors during prayer times and on holy days.
    Written 27 March 2020
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  • KGB777
    Singapore, Singapore41,727 contributions
    This is one of the highlights of a visit to Sharia Al Muizz. Really a very impressive and well maintained example of ancient Islamic architecture. It's worth buying the entrance ticket so as to be able to see the interior (as well as various other buildings along the street).
    Written 11 April 2020
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  • Eileen108
    Mount Shasta, CA3,714 contributions
    This is just inside the Northern gate of Islamic Cairo, Bab Al Futuh. The mosque was built in 928 AD and it was interesting to just go around for a few minutes and admire the architecture and contemplate on the history. It is free entrance so worth a quick visit.

    This was included in a Mara House 9-day group tour (HIGHLY recommended!) with 16 others.
    Written 18 October 2018
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  • indrajit s
    Kolkata (Calcutta), India280 contributions
    During my short stay in the ancient City of Cairo, I was amazed to see this modern-day beautiful church while exploring the city of Mosques and Churches.Builtin late 60s what is believed that this land was the tomb of Alexander the great .Our sudden evening visit to the place was worth , it the most beautiful well maintained landmark in in Helioplies area of the city .The huge structure and amazing art work is something worth watch while you enjoy the peace
    Written 19 February 2020
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  • Jazzumbo
    Romania1,470 contributions
    Small church hidden on a narrow street in the old Coptic quarter of Cairo. The maze of tiny streets that is today Cairo's old Coptic quarter was part of the Fortress of Babylon about 2000 years ago. The Church of Saint Barbara dates back from the 4th century AD.
    Viewed from the street, the building of St Barbara church has nothing spectacular. It looks just like a random house in the neighborhood. This is because it was built in a time were Christianity was illegal by the Roman low, so the worshippers of the new religion didn't want to attract the attention of the Roman guards and soldiers.
    However, this detail proved to be useful some hundred of years later, during Mamluk rule of Cairo, when many Christians churches have been closed or demolished.
    Nowadays, the church host the relics of Saint Barbara herself, so it's a target for pilgrims. It has been renovated several times.
    Written 21 November 2021
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