CITADEL

The Mosque of Muhammad Ali also called the Alabaster Mosque or Blue Mosque is located in the Citadel. It was designed in a Ottoman Turkish style and purposely made taller than would be allowed by the Sultan as a sign of defiance to their former overlords.

Work started on the Citadel at the time of the crusades by Salah al-Din.

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CITADEL (MAP)

Looking across the city of the dead toward the Citadel and Mosque of Muhammad Ali Designed strikingly similar to the Yeni mosque, in a sign of defiance to Ottomans, the two minarets are each 1 foot higher than that allowed by their former overlords The Citadel itself contains two other mosques and various other buildings
Work on the Citadel started some 1176AD at the time of the crusades by Salah al-Din Twelve towers were erected and joined by high walls to fortify the city of Cairo and Fustat together
The Mosque of Muhammad Ali stands atop of the Citadel overlooking the city below Like all Islamic art this window is made of geometric patterns and calligraphy, as images of God's creations are not worthy for a place of God The ablutions fountain feed by the aqueduct provided water to the citadel
In the courtyard is the clock given by Louis Philippe in exchange for one of the obelisks from Luxor temple. The clock has never worked Here we look up at the interior of the central dome and its surrounding four small and four semicircular domes. The names of the four Prophets are inscribed corners The first of two pulpits in the mosque. The second larger one is coloured green (*)
(# - Image supplied by Don Anderson) a view of the chandelier and the two pulpits (#) (* - Image borrowed with permission from Ed Parlock)

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