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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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  • Lovely architecture, must visit and you can enjoy khan al khalili bazaar and the Al Azhar park or the citadel of Salahuddin with it (recommend the citadel all morning and afternoon and then maybe a... 
    Lovely architecture, must visit and you can enjoy khan al khalili bazaar and the Al Azhar park or the citadel of Salahuddin with it (recommend the citadel all morning and afternoon and then maybe a...  more »
  • 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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  • 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.
  • Very beautiful mosque, with stunning architecture. Definitely worth visiting if you are already in Islamic Cairo. Our brief visit coincided with prayer time, so we didn't have to pay an entrance fee.
  • Very beautiful mosque and Egypt’s most important mosque and religious entity, it’s one of the most influential Sunni religious institutions in the Islamic world, the mosque’s architecture is very beautiful and the whole place very well-maintained, i do recommend visiting the place and learn more about it as well.
  • Al Azhar Mosque very old mosque dated more than 1000 years old. Still in very pristine condition. There are Islamic lessons taken after every prayer for the common people to attend. Feeling inner calmness when entering this premises
  • A well managed and well maintained mosque, not the prettiest mosque as you would expect from a very ancient and historic mosque but it is always very clean and neat. Has enough security personnel especially during Friday prayers. A good experience to visit.

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