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

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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.

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Old Cairo Highlights Private Tour with Lunch, Cairo, null
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Old Cairo Highlights Private Tour with Lunch

Full day tour visiting the old Cairo, which is known as the Cairo Coptic (Christian and Islamic). Highlights include Citadel of Saladin, Alabaster Mosque, ...  Read more

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

From USD $91.59
Highlights of Cairo Sightseeing Tour Visiting Egyptian Museum Citadel with Mohamed Ali Mosque and ... 
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Highlights of Cairo Sightseeing Tour Visiting Egyptian Museum Citadel with Mohamed Ali Mosque and khan khalili Bazaar

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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 $43.75
Private Guided Cairo Day Tour: Egyptian Museum, Citadel and Coptic Cairo, Cairo, City Tours
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Private Guided Cairo Day Tour: Egyptian Museum, Citadel and Coptic Cairo

Discover the beauty of Egypt's capital in this private guided tour. Explore the Egyptian Museum to see the treasures of the Pharaohs, old civilization and King ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: Flexible

From USD $36.00
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

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
Private Customizable Day tour around Giza, Saqqara and Dahshur from Cairo, Cairo, Private ... 
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Private Customizable Day tour around Giza, Saqqara and Dahshur from Cairo

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 $75.00
Private Day Tour to Giza pyramids Egyptian Museum Alabaster Mosque and Khan Market from Cairo, ... 
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Private Day Tour to Giza pyramids Egyptian Museum Alabaster Mosque and Khan Market from Cairo

Start your day tour to see the pyramids at Giza, then head to the Egyptian museum and the famous mosque in the citadel  in Cairo. Lastly move on to the ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: 9 hours (approx.)

From USD $46.80
Private Guided Tour around Islamic Cairo Mosques Gates and Bazaar including Lunch, Cairo, Private ... 
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Private Guided Tour around Islamic Cairo Mosques Gates and Bazaar including Lunch

Visit the highlights of Islamic Cairo on this private tour. First stop is the citadel of Saladin and the mosques of Mohamed Ali and Ibn Qalaoun. Next is the ...  Read more

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

From USD $26.00
Private Guided Day Tour to the Giza Pyramids Alabaster Mosque and Khan El khaili Bazaar in Cairo, ... 
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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 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

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: Flexible

From USD $75.00
Private Tour to Saladin Citadel and Egyptian Cooking Class in Cairo, Cairo, City Tours
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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 $130.00

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