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  • Address: Sharia al-Muizz, Darb al-Ahmar, Cairo, Egypt
  • Hours: Open daily, dawn to dusk
  • Admission: Mosque admission: 7.15 L.E

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El Mu'ayyad Mosque

The red-and-white-striped Mosque of al-Mu'ayyad (the Red Mosque), built on the site where its patron Mamluk Sultan al-Mu'ayyad had earlier been imprisoned, displays a particularly grand entrance portal, dripping with stalactite vaulting; the interior is equally lavish. The mosque was completed in 1421 and was considered the finest built in Cairo.

It is one of the finest examples of Mamluk architecture in Egypt with a dome and two minarets standing at the southern gate. Originally all four sides were equally decorated and all considered front facades and entrances. It has intricate stone carvings, bronze doors, inlaid mosaic patterning and a painted floral pattern ceiling. The central pavilion with the ablutions fountain is unusually large. Inside an entrance hall leads to the tombs of Sultan al-Mu'ayyad and his son.

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The best way to get around Cairo is to hire a private car and guide. 

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8-Hour Azhar Masjid Islamic Sites Tour, Cairo, null
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8-Hour Azhar Masjid Islamic Sites Tour

Spend 8 hours exploring on an Islamic tour to visit the oldest mosque and Islamic architecture in Cairo.

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

From USD $50.00
Islamic Cairo History Tour, Cairo, Cultural Tours
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Islamic Cairo History Tour

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In this beautiful tour of Historic Cairo, history and architecture are elegantly braided together. Travel back in time to the splendid scents, sights and ...  Read more

Location: Cairo, Egypt
Duration: Flexible

From USD $70.00

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