Splendours of Egypt – Citadel of Salah ad Din and the Alabaster Mosque

Today was an action packed day, starting with a visit to the Citadel of Salah ad Din and the Mohammed Ali Mosque.  The citadel is an amazing fortified complex of Islamic architecture, including numerous examples of Mamluk and Ottoman-era mosques.  The upper terraces of the Citadel offer spectacular views of the city, however, having said that, the thick pollution and dust-coated buildings do not provide for colorful photography.

The main attraction of course is the Mohammed Ali Mosque. Do not miss visiting this mosque as the interior is amazing.  As we all sat under the swirling decorative lights, Mohammed our guide gave us a briefing on the history of the mosque and of Mohammed Ali.  On the right as your enter the prayer hall, is the marble tomb of Mohammed Ali.


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