"Cairo Citadel" Cairo Citadel - Salah El Din Al Ayouby Citadel Tip by June.b

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      Mokattam hill
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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
Website: http://www.touregypt.net

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  • Updated Jun 25, 2011
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