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Commissioned by Muhammad Ali Pasha in the 19th century, the Mosque of Muhammad Ali in the Citadel of Cairo was built in the memory of his son, Muhammad Ali Jr. Built in classical Ottoman style, the Alabaster Mosque stands out in the skyline of Cairo, with its 82 metre high twin minarets soaring into the sky.

Laid out on a square plan of 41 metres each side, the mosque has a central dome surrounded by 4 semicircular domes, and 4 domes at the corners. The entrance is marked by a balustrade gallery, to the right of which is the white Carrara marble tomb of Muhammad Ali behind a bronze grill. The grand interiors are a spectacle in gold, red and green, featuring a circle of lights around the chandelier in the middle of the prayer hall. The mosque has 2 minbars (pulpits) – a gilt wooden one which is the largest in Egypt, and a smaller alabaster one. The gold scalloped marble mihrab on the southeastern wall is topped by a semicircular dome that indicates the Qibla.

To the west is the marble courtyard, enclosed by colonnaded galleries with rows of small domes on pillars. It is centered around a Turkish Baroque marble ablution fountain with a carved wooden roof. The northwestern edge has a brass clock tower which was presented to Muhammad Ali by King Louis Philippe of France in 1845.

Mosque of Muhammad Ali and Nearby Attractions on Map

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Islamic Cairo

Islamic Cairo(2.5 km)
Islamic Cairo refers to the historical area in Cairo that was founded in 969 by the Fatimid caliphs as Al Qahira, comprising palaces and government institutions enclosed by ramparts.

Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan

Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan(0.5 km)
The Mosque - Madrassa of Sultan Hassan is one of the largest mosques in the world, spread over 7906 m2 near the Citadel in Cairo.

Beit El Umma Museum

Beit El Umma Museum(2.4 km)
Beit El-Umma or House of the People is an elegant mansion that was built as the residence of Egyptian Prime Minister Saad Zaghloul at the turn of the 20thcentury.

Al-Rifa'i Mosque

Al-Rifa'i Mosque(0.5 km)
The Al-Rifa'i Mosque was constructed in 2 phases between 1869 and 1912, as a larger replacement for the previous zawiya (shrine) of Islamic saint Ahmad al-Rifa'i.

Bab Zuweila

Bab Zuweila(1.6 km)
Bab Zuweila is one of the 3 remaining city gates in the medieval walls of Al-Qahira (Old City of Cairo), controlling traffic to the south of the city.

Gayer-Anderson Museum

Gayer-Anderson Museum(0.9 km)
Housed in the medieval Bayt al-Kiritliya mansion that was built against the walls of the Ibn Tulun Mosque, the Gayer-Anderson Museum showcases domestic architecture from the 16th– 17thcentury.

Oum El Dounia Gallery

Oum El Dounia Gallery(2.9 km)
The Oum El Dounia or 'Mother of the World' is a charming gallery that showcases local crafts including glassware, ceramics, jewellery, and trinkets that you can pick up as souvenirs.

Saladin Citadel

Saladin Citadel(0.2 km)
The Saladin Citadel on Mokattam Hill in Cairo was laid out in the 12thcentury by Ayyubid king Salah al-Din or Saladin to protect the city from the Crusaders.

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