In Cairo, you absolutely must visit the Al-Azhar Mosque.

Al-Azhar Mosque
Amzaing top view of Al-Azhar Mosque

It is generally agreed upon that the Al Azhar Mosque in Cairo is the earliest and oldest center of Islamic higher education anywhere in the globe.

They own the most extensive collection of Islamic art in the world.

You will most likely go by Muslim college students from all over the globe who are reading the Quran as you enter the Mosque for the first time.

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Al-Azhar Mosque
Interior desgin of Al-Azhar Mosque

Located just beyond the Bazaar’s underpass in the Khan Khalili district, it takes around half an hour to reach the center of Cairo.

Several of Cairo’s oldest mosques also represent a wide range of periods and architectural styles.


Al-Azhar Mosque
Minaret Al-Azhar Mosque

Al-Azhar University and its connected Mosque, which has been variably referred to as “The Radiant,” “The Blooming,” and “The Resplendent,” were both established in the year 970. They both claim to be the oldest educational institutions in the world that are still in operation today.

Because it is the most critical worship site for Muslims in Egypt, the Mosque has long been a significant national political symbol.

Din became a center of Sunni orthodoxy under the reign of Salah al-reign, but the armies under Napoleon’s command cruelly desecrated it to demonstrate their dominance.

The heated speech that Nasser delivered during the invasion of Egypt by the Egyptian army in 1956 took place at Al-Azhar, which has been a nationalist stronghold since the eighteenth century.

The Mosque is a chaotic but well-organized mashup of several architectural styles and centuries.

Before going inside the Sahn (courtyard), five hundred years older than you are, students used to have their hair trimmed at the Barber’s Gate, which was constructed in the fourteenth century.

The rituals of the madrassa, also known as the living quarters, date back to the time of the Mamluks and are screened by latticework. On the other hand, the sahn facade, which has rosettes and keel-arched panels, dates back to the Fatimids.

From the top of these structures, which are, at the time of this writing, rarely available to guests but are worth asking if you may go up, one can get views of the Islamic Cairo skyline, which is littered with dozens of crumbling, dust-colored buildings that appear to have been erected decades or centuries ago.

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