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  • Address: Midan al-Qala'a
  • Hours: Open daily 8am - 5pm
  • Admission: 35 L.E.


Citadel of Saladin (Al-Qalaa)

Sprawling over a limestone spur on the eastern edge of the city, the Citadel of Saladin (or Al-Qalaa) was home to Egypt's rulers for some 700 years. Their legacy is a collection of three very different mosques, including the Mosque of Mohamed Ali, several palaces (housing some underwhelming museums such as the police and military museums) and a couple of terraces with city views. 

The area was fortified around 1180 to protect it from the Crusaders. In the 1860s, ruler Khedive Ismail moved to newly built Abdin Palace, ending the citadel's role as the seat of government.

Practical Info

Catch bus 174 from Midan Ramses or 173 from Midan Falaki, or grab a taxi which is cheap in Cairo. Admission to the Citadel of Saladin includes entry to all the museums within the Citadel. Though this is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Cairo (particularly for Egyptians), it is relatively unimpressive and decidedly overpriced.

Tours & Tickets

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Full Day Tour to The Egyptian Museum Citadel and Old Cairo from Giza

Enjoy this tour, which includes The Egyptian Museum entry ticket, The Citadel of Saladin, The Mosque of Mohamed Ali and the Churches of Old Cairo & the ...  Read more

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

From USD $90.00

Discover Cairo: Egyptian Museum, Saladin Citadel, Khan El Khalili Bazaar Including Lunch

Your guide will accompany you from your hotel to visit the Egyptian museum of Antiquities, which houses the world’s largest, most precious, and rare ...  Read more

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

From USD $70.00

Islamic Sites Walking Tour of Cairo

Discover Cairo’s fascinating Islamic heritage on this 4-hour walking tour with an expert guide. Climb up to the Citadel of Saladin, home to Egypt’s rulers for ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 4 hours (approx.)

From USD $64.00

2-Day Private Guided Tour for Families around Saqqara, Dahshur, Giza, the Egyptian Museum and Old Cairo

This private tour is a perfect choice for families with kids or teenagers, as it combines rich context, insight with fun, safety and taste of adventure. Follow ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 2 days (approx.)

From USD $50.00

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

Full Day Private Tour to the Giza Pyramids, Sphinx, Citadel and Khan El Khalili Bazaar

This is a private tour to visit Giza plateau and the Great Pyramid, the only remaining wonder of the seven wonders of the ancient world, as well as the ...  Read more

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

From USD $15.00

Private Tour to Saladin Citadel and Egyptian Cooking Class in Cairo

On this tour explore the Saladin Citadel and enjoy some home cooked Egyptian food that you help make with a host family.

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: Flexible

From USD $150.00

Private Full Day Sightseeing Tour of Cairo

Enjoy this private full day tour of Islamic Cairo, where you can explore its ancient mosques, forts and walls.

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

From USD $20.00

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