Twin carved-stone minarets define Mosque of Al-Azhar, one of Cairo's largest sanctuaries and an Islamic university. Built in 970, the mosque features a white façade stressed with rosette and keel-arched panels cut in the Fatimid style. Accessed through the 15th century Barber's Gate, the mosque's three stately minarets overlook a huge courtyard while alabaster pillars support the large carpeted prayer hall. Admire Mamluk-period stone lattices of the residential quarters of the madrassas here as you escape in the midst of the city. A visit to Mosque of Al-Azhar represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Cairo trip itinerary maker app to plot your vacation.
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Mosque of Al-Azhar Reviews
Die Moschee befindet sich am Anfang/Ende des Chan el Chalili Marktes. Sie überragt mit Ihrer Sauberkeit und Ihrem Aussehen. Der weisse Marmorboden passt perfelt zu Baustil. Für diese Moschee werden ke... more »The mosque is located at the beginning of the Chan el Chalili market. It towers over with your cleanliness and appearance. The white marble floor fits perfectly with architectural style. No entrance fees are charged for this mosque (which I think is right). I have combined this mosque with the Hussein Mosque, which is also very interesting. Friendly greetings from Switzerland, Chur.
Only saw it from the opposite side of the road. Best for photography in the late evening or early morning. more »
A definite must-see, mostly well-organized, except for very poor places for ablution. They say they're renovating the proper ones. Let's see!
This mosque is highly regarded for its historical value, being one of the most important & revered mosque in Islam. It is a huge mosque with a wide courtyard inside, and a few minarets around the mosque symbolizing different eras & dynasties of the caliphates in Egypt. The prayer hall is huge, well-lit & cool although not being air-conditioned, the carpets are still new so quite comfortable for prayers. The ambiance is nice & calm for spiritual visitors. The toilets & ablution areas are well-maintained. The courtyard is wide, nicely tiled & clean enough for prayers. Usually religious classes are held here after prayers, delivered by renowned Islamic scholars which attracts both locals & foreigners visiting the mosque. And the atmosphere here during Ramadan is just awesome, which made it a must-visit mosque for Taraweeh prayers.
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