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The Alabaster Mosque in the Citadel of Salah el-Din

Listed under Mosques in Cairo, Egypt.

  • Photo of The Alabaster Mosque in the Citadel of Salah el-Din
  • Photo of The Alabaster Mosque in the Citadel of Salah el-Din
  • Photo of The Alabaster Mosque in the Citadel of Salah el-Din
  • Photo of The Alabaster Mosque in the Citadel of Salah el-Din
  • Photo of The Alabaster Mosque in the Citadel of Salah el-Din
  • Photo of The Alabaster Mosque in the Citadel of Salah el-Din
Photo of The Alabaster Mosque in the Citadel of Salah el-Din
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The Citadel of Salah el-Din (or Saladin as he's known as in the west.), which is a fortress holding a complex of three mosques, one of them being the Mohammad Ali Mosque, or Alabaster Mosque.  Impressive for it's architecture, the lower part is clad, inside and out, in alabaster as the name suggests, but limestone removed from the Great Pyramid of Giza has been used on the upper section.  The mosque is still in use today as a holy building, but unlike other great mosques everyone who's willing to behave respectfully is welcome to visit.   The other two mosques are the Mamluk an-Nasir Mohammed Mosque and the Ottoman Suleiman Pasha Mosque.

The citadel's location, on top of a limestone hill over looking Cairo, means it's a good place to go in the morning before the heat hazy and the pollution pick up.  As well as the mosques, the citadel has a military museum.

  

Written by  Clover Jackson.

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