About sight: Cairo Citadel

It is located atop the high hill, dominating Cairo. It had been built by Saladin during 1176-1207. You can also have magnificent views of Cairo and its minarets from the walls of this fortress.

The main attraction of the Citadel is the Mohammed Ali Mosque, dating back to 1830. It is also called Alabaster Mosque as its front sides are covered with alabaster plates. The architect was Yusuf Bushnak from Istanbul and its model was the Yeni Mosque in that city. The domes have the same design but are of smaller size. There is the Tomb of Mohammed Ali inside the mosque.

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