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Al-Azhar Mosque, Cairo

#7 of 48 in Historic Sites in Cairo
Religious Site · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Twin carved-stone minarets define Al-Azhar Mosque, 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 Al-Azhar Mosque represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Cairo trip itinerary maker app to plot your vacation.
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  • We've been to Cairo for tourism and my tour guide let us to Al-Azhar mosque. We couldn't get it and the reason - opposite to what I've read here on TripAdvisor - is not that the mosque is open only...  more »
  • It is worth a visit especially if you are familiar about how powerful this mosque and university in the islamic world. To date, students all over the world go there to learn a special branch of...  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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