Muhammad Ali Mosque: the alabaster mosque

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Muhammad Ali Mosque: the alabaster mosque

It is the most beautiful of Cairo, a faithful evocation of the magnificent Blue Mosque of Istanbul, which it aimed to rival.

Built between 1830 and 1848 in the southern part of the citadel of Saladin, it is inspired by the architecture of the most famous mosque of Istanbul. The viceroy of Egypt was competing at the time with the Ottoman Empire and set it up as a rival. The Turks considered it an act of arrogance. What similarities are there between these two places of worship? Both have an arcaded courtyard and are topped by a cascade of domes and semi-domes.

During your visit inside, you will admire the ceiling, decorated with paintings and gilding, as well as the 11-metre high walls decorated with alabaster panels. They are actually responsible for its nickname, the ‘alabaster mosque'. It also contains a monumental copper clock offered by King Louis-Philippe to thank the Egyptian government for having sold them the Luxor obelisk, installed nowadays on the Place de la Concorde in Paris. Damaged during the trip, this clock has unfortunately never worked.

Muhammad Ali Mosque
Citadel of Saladin
Salah Salem street

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