"Cairo Citadel" Cairo Citadel - Salah El Din Al Ayouby Citadel Tip by June.b
Cairo Citadel - Salah El Din Al Ayouby Citadel, Cairo: 69 reviews and 159 photos
Cairo Citadel or locally known as Qala'at Salah ad-Din is a medieval fortified promontory built by and during the Ayyubids rule under it's famous ruler Saladin, 1176-1183CE. It was built to protect Cairo from Crusaders attack.
Just beneath the Mokattam hill, the Citadel commands a panoramic view of the city of Cairo. There afre 3 mosques within the promontory and 3 museums. The panorama deck is located at the back entrance of the Muhammad Ali Pasha Mosque. Stay there and watch the sunset -- then again, it closes early, I remember vividly because they started clearing the area of visitors about 15 minutes before 5:00pm... and I've just arrived! Like, I've never even spent an hour and half in the area, or did I?
So I would suggest visiting the Citadel morning or not after 3:00pm, so you'll have enough time to wander around, visit the museums and enter the impressive mosques....and watch pranoramic Cairo behind the big mosque.
Take a taxi from the downtown to the Citadel, fare would be about EGP20 - 30.
Address: South-East Cairo
Directions: Off Salah Salem St.
Phone: +20 2 25121735
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