"Al Hakim Mosque" Al Jame' al Anwar - Al-Hakim Mosque Tip by June.b

Al-Hakim Mosque, (next to Bab al-Futuh). One of the largest Fatimid mosques in Cairo. It was originally decreed in 990 by the famously eccentric caliph Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah ("Ruler by God's Command") who, among other things, prohibited eating grapes or playing chess. Increasingly paranoid towards the end of his reign, he disappeared without a trace at age 36. The mosque has been used as a prison, a warehouse and an elementary school before being restored (or, rather, rebuilt) as a mosque in 1980. {wikipedia}

This mosque will be the first stop on your Islamic Cairo walking tour -- that is -- if you started from Bab AlFutuh which happens to be beside the mosque.

Go click on to the next tip/stop on this Islamic Cairo walk....

Address: Muizz Street, Islamic Cairo, Cairo, Egypt
Directions: At Al Banhawi

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  • Updated Jun 29, 2011
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