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Amr Ibn El Aas Mosque, Cairo: 9 reviews and 24 photos

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Although modified repeatedly over the centuries, the Mosque of Amr ibn el-As is the first mosque ever built in Egypt and the whole of the African continent. It is also one of the few remaining structures from el-Fustat, Cairo's predecessor. The mosque was originally constructed in the 7th century, by Amr ibn el-As, the leader of the Arab armies of Islam, just to the north of the Roman Fort of Babylon which is now known as Coptic Cairo. However, numerous expansions and restorations to the mosque have followed, effectively erasing the original mosque. Nonetheless, some of the ancient architecture, with some recycled Roman columns, can still be seen. It is worth noting that this mosque was also a centre for religious studies centuries before el-Azhar was established.

Address: Old Cairo
Directions: Just north of Coptic Cairo
Phone: +20 2 23644088

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  • Updated Sep 18, 2009
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