Al-Hakim Mosque, Cairo

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The Mosque of al-Hakim, nicknamed al-Anwar, is a major Islamic religious site in Cairo, Egypt. It is named after Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, the sixth Fatimid caliph and 16th Ismaili Imam.
The mosque was originally built as an enclosure by the Fatimid vizier Gawhar Al-Siqilli, but was incorporated into the extended fortifications built by Badr al-Jamali. It consists of an irregular rectangle with four arcades surrounding the courtyard. An unusual feature is the monumental entrance with its projecting stone porch. It is located in "Islamic Cairo", on the east side of Muizz Street, just south of Bab Al-Futuh .
The most spectacular feature of the mosque are the minarets on either side of the facade, reminiscent of the propylon to a pharaonic temple.
Originally the two minarets stood independent of the brick walls at the corners. These are the earliest surviving minarets in the city and they have been restored at various times during their history. The massive salients were added in 1010 to strengthen their structure, and the northern minaret was incorporated into the city wall. Inside, these strange structures are hollow, for they have been built around the original minarets, which are connected with brackets and can still be seen from the minaret above.
At various times, the mosque was used as a prison for captured Franks during the Crusades, as a stable by Saladin, as a fortress by Napoleon, and as a local school. As a result of this the mosque had fallen out of use.
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  • It is a mosque in front of the Futourf gate at the end of sightseeing Mo'ez Street. I took off my shoes, so the doorway was crowded but I visited at dusk, but the inside was quiet and I looked around slowly. However, at this time, the mosque was too much to look at, and there was not a new discovery, but the marble was polished and was beautiful.
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  • While the building of the mosque was started by caliph Al-'Aziz, notable for his political successes in Syria and his tolerance towards Christians, it was finished by his son Al-Hakim and bears his na...  more »
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