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  • Address: The Citadel of Saladin
  • Hours: Open daily 8am - 5pm. Closed Fridays
  • Admission: Citadel admission: 35 L.E.

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Alabaster Mosque (Mohammad Ali Mosque)

The citadel of Saladin - and indeed, the Cairo skyline - is dominated by the Alabaster Mosque, or Mosque of Mohammed Ali. Modelled along classic Turkish lines, it took 18 years to build (1830 - 1848) although later the domes had to be rebuilt. It was commissioned by Mohammad Ali, ruler of Egypt from 1805 - 1849, who lies in the marble tomb on the right as you enter.

Perhaps the most evocative description of it is in Olivia Manning's The Levant Trilogy: "Above them Mohammed Ali's alabaster mosque, uniquely white in this sand-coloured city, sat with minarets pricked, like a fat, white, watchful cat." It has never found much favor with writers, who have criticized it for being unimaginative, lacking in grace and resembling a great toad. Note the chintzy clock in the central courtyard, a gift from King Louis-Philippe of France in thanks for the Pharaonic obelisk that adorns the Place de la Concorde in Paris. It was damaged on delivery and has yet to be repaired.

Practical Info

The easiest way to travel around Cairo is by organized tour or private car and guide. If you choose a private car, just be firm that you do not want to visit all the perfume and carpet shops!

Tours & Tickets

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Private Tour: Egyptian Museum, Alabaster Mosque, Khan el-Khalili

4.5 star rating: Recommended 84 Reviews

Already seen the Great Pyramids of Giza and Sphinx? Immerse yourself further into Egypt's history as your own private Egyptologist guide to leads the way on ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 6 - 8 hours

From USD $59.40
$66.00 Save $6.60

Private Day Tour to Old Cairo

A full day Cairo tour to visit Islamic and Coptic Cairo where the Holy family passed by during the time they fled from the Roman emperor. The area is a ...  Read more

Location: Giza, Egypt
Duration: 7 hours (approx.)

From USD $80.00

Private Tour: Alabaster Mosque, Sultan Hassan, Khan el-Khalili

4.5 star rating: Recommended 33 Reviews

Look beyond the pyramids and pharaohs, and discover the Citadel of Salah el Din, Sultan Hassan and the Khan el-Khalili Bazaar. This private tour will give you ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 3 - 4 hours

From USD $36.90
$41.00 Save $4.10

Highlights of Cairo Sightseeing Tour Visiting Egyptian Museum Citadel with Mohamed Ali Mosque and khan khalili Bazaar

Enjoy a full day exploring Cairo on this sighting tour. You will visit the Egyptian Museum, where you can see the Treasures of King Tutankamoun before visiting ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $75.00

Day Tour to Citadel and Coptic and Islamic Cairo

Have a day tour to Old Cairo and Coptic Cairo visiting Salah El Din Citadel, constructed during the Crusades in 1183 AD, and admire Mohamed Ali Alabaster ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 5 hours (approx.)

From USD $40.00

Private Full Day Tour to Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Citadel and Old Cairo

This is the private tour you have been looking for to visit the Plateau of Giza, its pyramids and Sphinx (ancient Egypt), and Coptic Old Cairo with its ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $15.00

Private Guided Day Tour of Egyptian Museum, Citadel, Alabaster Mosque and Khan El Khalili Bazaar

Enjoy a full-day tour visiting the famous Egyptian Museum, the historic Citadel, and the colorful Khan Kalili Bazaar for a memorable shopping trip.

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $67.04

Private Guided Day Tour to the Giza Pyramids Alabaster Mosque and Khan El khaili Bazaar in Cairo

Enjoy a lovely day of visiting the Giza pyramids, the Alabaster Mosque of Mohamed Ali Pasha, the citadel of Saladin and the Khan khaili bazaar with Egyptian ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $33.80

Private Day Tour to Giza Pyramids, Egyptian Museum, Alabaster Mosque, and Hanging Church in Cairo

Enjoy a lovely day to cover some of Cairo's famous sites. Cairo is the largest city in Africa, and full of historical places. On this tour, visit the pyramids ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $15.00

Private Day Tour: Discover Coptic and Islamic Cairo

3 star rating: Worth doing 1 Reviews

Islam and Christianity are one religion in Egypt, there is tolerance and peace between them. Join this tour to know more about the two famous regions in Egypt.

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 8 hours (approx.)

From USD $88.00

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