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Reviewed 26 March 2020

The Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha or Alabaster Mosque was built on the site of old Mamluk buildings in Cairo's Citadel between 1830 and 1848, completed by Said Pasha in 1857. Its white stone and tall, disproportionately slender minarets are one of Cairo's great landmarks. Muhammad Ali Pasha was buried in a tomb carved from Carrara marble, in the courtyard of the mosque. An impressive building. the interior is out standing and from the back you can have a magnificent view of Cairo. Some places need good maintenance like carpets, lighting, etc. 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.

Date of experience: February 2020
1  Thank Kazi Y
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Reviewed 22 March 2020

As part of multi-day tour of Egypt, including tours of Cairo, then flight to Luxor, and cruise on the Nile, our group visited the Mosque of Muhammad Ali, also referred to as the "Alabaster Mosque". This Mosque resembles the great Mosque in Constantinople (we have not visited that one) and is built using Alabaster which is unusual and quite beautiful, although it has a "patina" at present time (due to smog, dust, etc.). Inside, you can see the beauty of Alabaster as the main supporting columns inside the Mosque are made of this material and are really exceptional. From the hilltop location, you can look out over Cairo and on a clear day may even see the pyramids. If you ever visit Cairo, this is a "Must See". Part of this tour winds through part of what is referred to as the "Citadel", the former fortress of Salah al-Din who ruled over most of the Islamic world at the time of the Crusades.

Date of experience: March 2020
1  Thank JMcD202003
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Reviewed 17 March 2020

Domes upon domes, this Ottoman style mosque reminds of the Blue Mosque in Istanbul. The interior will remind you of the Hagia Sofia.
To show respect, you should remove your shoes, dress modestly and cover your head with a scarf.

Date of experience: February 2020
3  Thank shapgo
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Reviewed 11 March 2020

This Mosque is the main attraction among all the Islamic structures which are part of Saladin Citadel. Saladin ruled Egypt during 12th Century and his dissents continued in the 13th century as well. The entire Mosque and the Citadel is build on a small Hill and the Minarets can be seen from a distance. We were told that this place was used as a Military camp by Saladin and his Generals. There is an entry Fee but since we didn't go inside, cant say how much it is.

Date of experience: January 2020
1  Thank Dalbir_S_Virdi
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Reviewed 10 March 2020

The minarets of this majestic mosque are visible from far away and dominate the entire citadel. The entrance fee is 180 Egyptian Pound for foreigners and it is to be paid at the entrance to fortification. The tour of the mosque is part of the citadel's tour. The entrance fee for locals, if any, must be much cheaper.
The Muhammad Ali Mosque is said to be built with some stones taken from pyramids.
Unfortunately, the walls and columns are covered in dust. Some inscriptions and details are barely visible under the thick layer of dust. Unsure if this architectonic masterpiece is ever washed, however, the pollution of Cairo is beyond imagination.

Date of experience: March 2020
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