As historic as it is massive, the Citadel complex is a must-see attraction in Cairo. In fact, it's so big, you can't ... More
As historic as it is massive, the Citadel complex is a must-see attraction in Cairo. In fact, it's so big, you can't help but see it when you get a glimpse of the Cairo skyline. Built by Salah al-Din (Saladin) in the 12th century, the structure sits on a limestone spur. Mohammed Ali, the leader who freed Egypt from Mamluk power in the 1800's, played a big role in its history. In 1811, he invited between 600 and 700 Mamluks to the Citadel and ambushed them in a narrow passageway, starting the movement that ended their long-held rule of Egypt within a week. The Citadel complex contains the Al-Gawhara (Jewel) Palace, Mohammed Ali Mosque, Police Museum, Sultan Al-Nasir Mosque, Military Museum, Carriage Museum, Archaeological Museum, Suleyman Pasha Mosque and Bab el-Azab. When you visit, not only will you get a great lesson in history, but you'll also enjoy an incredible view of Islamic Cairo.
there was like geese flying around and ducks in this place i also thought the brown statue of all the disney characters wus dumb we could see that anywhere but in cario we are supposed to see cool stuff
i live in cairo, so i have plenty of time. but if you're only there visiting, don't miss out on the other stuff to go to the citadel. its nice, but it shouldn't be on the priority list. on a clear day, you can get a good view of part of the city. don't waste money on a guide...
no tank tops or mid-drifts ladies, it's a mosque.
This was not included in our tour and we took an afternoon and went on our own and I'm so glad we did.
We hooked up with a local guide while we were there who gave us a private tour for $30 US. Not only did we go to the old palace, climb the walls of the Citadel, but got a tour of both the Mohammed Ali Mosque and Saloman (sp?) Mosque and tomb. Don't miss the second, mostly unvisited mosque - it is one of the oldest Turkish style mosques in Egypt.
Really really enjoyed our afternoon here.
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