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"City of thousand minarets" Al Azhar Mosque Tip by Tijavi

Al Azhar Mosque, Cairo: 20 reviews and 31 photos

  Al Azhar Mosque
by Tijavi

Cairo is known as the city of thousand minarets for obvious reasons. While it is not uncommon to see a mosque on every corner (or every other corner for that matter) in other Muslim countries, Cairo's case is special - that is because these mosques have been built ages ago and are laden with history.

The Al Azhar Mosque across Khan el-Khalili is one of the more special mosques. Built in 970 A.D., it was of the first in the city. Its sheikh is regarded as the highest Islamic authority among Egyptian Muslims. Its other claim to fame is its university, which is said to be the oldest surviving university in the world.

Address: Gameaa Al Azhar, Cairo, Egypt
Directions: Across Khan el-Khalili on Al Azhar St.

Review Helpfulness: 4 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Jun 22, 2007
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