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Muhammad Ali Mosque (Part 1)

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

Have you ever been to a place that you know you will never forget?  A place whose beauty and enchantment is certain to leave an impression?  I usually find the most beauty in God’s natural wonders, but every now and then, a man-made structure will leave me in awe.  The great cathedrals of Europe are certainly gorgeous and whenever I see them, I am always impressed (how can you not be??).  But a few years ago, a location within the busy and chaotic streets of Cairo surprised me with its beauty.  I wasn’t expecting to see such a magical and enchanting place - the Muhammad Ali Mosque.  I’ll take you inside the Mosque in the next blog post – because, yes – it’s that cool that it needs its very own post!  But even the way leading to the Mosque is a sight to see…

The Citadel walls surrounding the towering Muhammad Ali Mosque

The Citadel walls surrounding the towering Muhammad Ali Mosque

The mosque sits inside the Citadel, whose massive walls were built starting in 1176 (aka – a really, really long time ago).  From atop the Citadel’s walls, we could see far across the city of Cairo, with its smoggy horizon filled with pointy minarets and domes. 

High atop the wall of the Citadel

High atop the wall of the Citadel

Tourist-loving souvenirs being sold within the Citadel

Tourist-loving souvenirs being sold within the Citadel

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As we made our way to the entrance of the Mosque, we entered into a courtyard.  We were surrounded by incredibly detailed architecture and antique, broken lights that oozed character and charm.  It was also pretty amusing to see the attention we received as our blonde, American features stood out like a sore thumb.  I wouldn’t be surprised if there are quite a few pictures of me floating around Egyptian teenage boys’ homes.  I can’t blame them – I’m just as fascinated with their country and culture!

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An intricate courtyard window 

An intricate courtyard window 

Stay tuned for pictures from inside the Mosque!  In the meantime, you can view more images from Egypt here in the Etsy print shop.