Monday, June 28, 2010

Mohamed Ali Mosque

Mohamed Ali Mosque

Mohamed Ali Basha Mosque that was built in 1848 on the top of Mokattam mountain inside Saladin citadel. It's one of the most outstanding landmarks of old Cairo. If you every visited Egypt, you must pay it a visit!

This is the Mohamed Ali mosque (not the boxer but the ruler of Egypt from 1805 to 1849), also called the Alabaster mosque.
It is located on the highest point inside the courtyard of the citadel of Saladin, in Cairo (Egypt).
The very same mosque is based in Istanbul (Sultan Ahamed mosque), as the builder of the one in Egypt was the Turkish Yousf Boushnaq.
At the beginning you can see (middle part of the picture the 10 first seconds) the city of the dead: old cemeteries now occupied by poor people (more than 5 million Egyptians live there due to the housing crisis).
By the end of the movie you can observe the Sultan Hassan mosque as well.
Egyptian music in background.

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