"University of el-Azhar" Top 5 Page for this destination Al Azhar University Darrasah Campus Tip by MM212

  el Azhar University Building
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Within a few years of the construction of the Mosque of el-Azhar, an educational institution developed around it and led to what is known today as el-Azhar University. Not only is it considered the most respected Islamic university by most Moslems, but it is also thought to be the oldest functioning university in the world - over 1000 years old! The university now offers more than just religious education, with engineering and sciences equally important. The university buildings are scattered around the Mosque of el-Azhar, and are not of great architectural value as they are fairly recent. El-Azhar library, however, is said to contain nearly 600,000 volumes of exceptionally rare and priceless books dating as far back as the 8th century!

Address: el Azhar Street
Directions: Off Passages Insaid Al Azhar Garden
Website: http://www.azhar.eg/en/

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  • Updated Apr 27, 2007
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