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  • 1. Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan

    The Citadel | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Built between 1356 and 1363 by the Mamluk ruler Sultan Hassan, this is one of the largest Islamic religious buildings in the world. Historians...Read More

  • 2. Mosque of Ibn Tulun

    The Citadel | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    This huge congregational mosque was built in 879 by Ahmad Ibn Tulun with the intention of accommodating his entire army during Friday prayers...Read More

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  • 3. The Citadel

    The Citadel | Castle/Palace

    Until Salah al-Din al-Ayyubi arrived in Cairo in 1168, local rulers had overlooked the strategic value of the hill above the city. Within a...Read More

  • 4. Al-Rifa'i Mosque

    Sayyida Zaynab | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Although it appears neo-Mamluk in style, this mosque was not commissioned until 1869, by the mother of Khedive Isma'il, the Princess Khushyar...Read More

  • 5. Complex of Amir Shaykhu

    The Citadel | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Flanking Shar'a Saliba, this mosque and khanqah were built by the commander in chief of Sultan Hassan's forces and form a well-integrated whole...Read More

  • 6. Gayer-Anderson Museum

    The Citadel | Historic Home

    Also known as Bayt al-Kiritliya, the museum consists of two Ottoman houses joined together, restored, and furnished by Major Gayer-Anderson...Read More

  • 7. Madrasa of Sarghatmish

    The Citadel | Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Completed in 1356 by the emir who succeeded Shaykhu, Sarghatmish was probably designed by the same architect who designed Sultan Hassan. The...Read More

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