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Cairo: Mohamed Ali Mosque

Built in the Ottoman style, by Egypt's first modernising ruler, Mohamed Ali in 1830, this large mosque has an imposing location on the Citadel overlooking Cairo. Its alternative name is the Alabaster Mosque because of its appearance.

Above its outer courtyard is an ornate clock donated by the French, in exchange for the Obelisk that now stands in the Place de la Concorde, Paris. Unfortunately, the clock has never worked!

To comply with religious beliefs, visitors must remove their shoes before entering the main hall of the mosque and any female considered to be over-exposed (eg showing knees or shoulders) will be loaned an over-dress to cover themselves up.

Fountain at the Mohamed Ali Mosque, Cairo
A huge ablution fountain dominates the
courtyard
Ornate carvings in the Mohamed Ali Mosque, Cairo
Inside the mosque there are ornate gilded
carvings

The Alabaster Mosque of Mohamed Al in the Citadel, Cairoi

The interior of the Alabaster Mosque
This imposing lighting centre-piece contains some 400 bulbs

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