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

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Alabaster Mosque (Mohammad Ali Mosque) Tours

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!

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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 99 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 $75.60
Highlights of Cairo Sightseeing Tour Visiting Egyptian Museum Citadel with Mohamed Ali Mosque and ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

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

4.5 star rating: Recommended 9 Reviews

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 $25.71
Egyptian Highlights: Museum Alabaster Mosque Hanging Church and Khan Bazaar from Cairo, Cairo, City ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Egyptian Highlights: Museum Alabaster Mosque Hanging Church and Khan Bazaar from Cairo

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

Explore the Egyptian Museum and witness all of it's historical statues and golden masks that King Tut wore. Visit the mosque of Mohamed Ali and discover the ...  Read more

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

From USD $43.00
Private Customizable Day tour around Giza, Saqqara and Dahshur from Cairo, Cairo, Day Trips
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Private Customizable Day tour around Giza, Saqqara and Dahshur from Cairo

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 2 Reviews

Customize your tour in Saqqara, Giza or Cairo the way you like, with many options to choose from. Cover the most interesting places with your private guide. ...  Read more

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

From USD $57.20
Private Layover Day Tour of Giza Pyramids, Cairo, Egyptian Museum and Bazaar from Cairo Airport, ... 
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Private Layover Day Tour of Giza Pyramids, Cairo, Egyptian Museum and Bazaar from Cairo Airport

4.5 star rating: Recommended 5 Reviews

During your layover in Cairo, explore the Pyramids of Giza, the Egyptian Museum and Cairo's old town with the help of a local guide.

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 10 hours (approx.)

From USD $25.71
Private Tour: Alabaster Mosque, Sultan Hassan, Khan el-Khalili, Cairo, City Tours
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Private Tour: Alabaster Mosque, Sultan Hassan, Khan el-Khalili

4.5 star rating: Recommended 40 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 $47.25
Cairo in One Day: Egyptian Museum, Citadel with Mohamed Ali Mosque and Khan Khalil Bazaar, Cairo, ... 
TVRM_SORTED : true ESSENTIAL : 1 ADMISSION : 3

Cairo in One Day: Egyptian Museum, Citadel with Mohamed Ali Mosque and Khan Khalil Bazaar

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

Visit Cairo's top tourist attractions during this day tour. See Pharaoh's mystic and countless treasures in the Egyptian Museum, visit Mosque of Muhammad Ali ...  Read more

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

From USD $50.00
Private Guided Walking Tour of the Islamic Quarter of Cairo, Cairo, Full-day Tours
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Private Guided Walking Tour of the Islamic Quarter of Cairo

4.5 star rating: Recommended 2 Reviews

This is a private tour that starts with visiting the Alabaster Mosque in the citadel, then you will start your walking tour between the ancient gates of Cairo ...  Read more

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

From USD $22.34
Private 6-Hour Tour to Alabaster Mosque and Hanging Church in Cairo, Cairo, Private Sightseeing ... 
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Private 6-Hour Tour to Alabaster Mosque and Hanging Church in Cairo

Visit the two highlights of Islamic and Coptic Cairo, see the Alabaster Mosque of Mohamed Ali and the Hanging Church in Old Cairo.

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 6 hours (approx.)

From USD $14.30
Private Half-Day Tour to the City of the Dead and the Alabaster Mosque, Cairo, Private Sightseeing ... 
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Private Half-Day Tour to the City of the Dead and the Alabaster Mosque

5 star rating: Highly Recommended 3 Reviews

First visit the City of the Dead (Qarafa) that has been used as a burial ground for Cairo since its foundation in the 10th century. The proceed to the the ...  Read more

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

From USD $25.71

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