Dedicated to and named after the granddaughter of the Prophet Mohammed, this large mosque was renovated many times over the ... More
Sayeda Zeinab Mosque
Dedicated to and named after the granddaughter of the Prophet Mohammed, this large mosque was renovated many times over the centuries and is distinguished by its tin dome. Sayeda Zeinab sought refuge in Egypt after the Ummayads slew her brother, Hussein, in 680 CE. Her body is entombed inside the mosque. Many Egyptians—especially women—consider Sayeda Zeinab a saint, and visit the mosque seeking her baraka (blessing) in matters of fortune and health. While the mosque is not perceived as a tourist site, foreign visitors may enter if they dress modestly and act respectfully.
The construction, embellishment and restoration of the Religion Compound of Old Cairo is one of the most exciting and ambitious
projects to be embraced by the Egyptian Antiquities Authority today. The compound includes monuments from all three major monotheistic ...
Built in 1814, this was formerly the residence of Muhammed Ali Pasha and the location where, according to legend, he
waited while his forces entrapped Mameluke leaders and massacred them as they were leaving the Citadel. Its restored 19th ...
Often overlooked, this extensive collection of Islamic art was the brainchild of Khedive Tawfeek, son of Mohammed Ali Pasha, who
in the late 19th century sought a museum to protect Islamic artefacts from destruction. The museum occupies the ground ...
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