Cairo Sights

Mosque of 'Amr Ibn al-Aas

  • Shar'a Mari Girgis
  • Old Cairo
  • Religious Building/Site/Shrine

Published 02/23/2016

Fodor's Review

Built in 642 following the conquest of Egypt, this was the first mosque on the African continent. Because the original structure probably had mud-brick walls and a palm-thatch roof, it did not survive for long. It was restored and expanded in 673 and again in 698, 710, 750, and 791. In 827, it was expanded to its current size. It has since been renovated at least five times, most recently in the late 1980s, in an attempt to restore its interior to its 827 appearance.

Sight Information


Shar'a Mari Girgis, Cairo, Cairo, Egypt


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Sight Details:

  • Free (donations welcome)
  • Daily 9–4, except during prayer

Published 02/23/2016


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