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Al-Azhar Mosque, Cairo

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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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  • Gand Mosque adjacent to Al Azhar University. Good place for Muslims to perform their prayers though the ablution area is approx 50m from the prayer hall. Nearby Souk, walking distance and plenty to... 
    Gand Mosque adjacent to Al Azhar University. Good place for Muslims to perform their prayers though the ablution area is approx 50m from the prayer hall. Nearby Souk, walking distance and plenty to...  more »
  • For those passionate about the Islamic architecture, the Mosque of al-Azhar is a must see. Founded by the Fatimid conqueror Gawhar al-Siqilli in 970, it is currently a great mixture of styles and... 
    For those passionate about the Islamic architecture, the Mosque of al-Azhar is a must see. Founded by the Fatimid conqueror Gawhar al-Siqilli in 970, it is currently a great mixture of styles and...  more »
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  • There isn't a clearly marked entrance. The security guard at one of the entrances told us to go to the next gate. When we went to the next gate, it was closed. There was another security guard behind the gate so we asked him if we can see the mosque. He asked us where we were from, we said "United States." Then he opened the locked gate and let us in, making us wonder whether certain countries were off limits and if yes...which ones? We didn't pay an entrance fee or any "tips" for that matter. Everything was free, which was a pleasant surprise. No prayer was happening inside. Inside, women are given an underskirt and long blue robe over to wear over the skirt. The robe also has a cap that allows you to cover your hair. Again, it's free. No shoes allowed so you will be asked to take them off. Beautiful mosque!
  • Absolutely stunning old architecture... I saw it only on the outside on a stroll in Khan Al Khalili and it is very well lit externally and looks majestic. It will warrant a special visit during the day some other time.

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