"The Citadel" Cairo Citadel - Salah El Din Al Ayouby Citadel Tip by Blatherwick

  Cairo Citadel
by Blatherwick

The Citadel is a fortified enclosure that sits on a bluff that overlooks Cairo. It was built in 1176 by Saladin to fortify the city against the crusaders who were making their way through Palestine. Since then, it has been used as a royal residence and military barracks. Over the course of its long history as the seat of government for the Ayyubid, Mamluk, Ottoman, and Khedival rulers of Egypt from the thirteenth to the nineteenth centuries, the Citadel has been reorganized and enlarged over and over again.

The Citadel contains a number of excellent monuments. There are the Mosque of al-Nasir Muhammad from the Early Bahri Mamluk period and the 19th century. Mosque of Muhammad 'Ali al-Kabir. There is the splendor of Harem and Abdeen Palaces. There are also the national police and military museums to look through. However, the most spectacular thing about the citadel is that it overlooks Cairo and on clear days you can see the pyramids.

Address: Citadel
Directions: South-East Cairo
Phone: +20 2 25121735
Website: http://www.touregypt.net

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  • Written Aug 17, 2005
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