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Muhammad Ali Mosque (Part 2)

Posted on by Angela Kauffman

One of my favorite places that I visited when I was in Cairo was the Muhammad Ali Mosque.  It took 18 years to build and was started way back in 1839.  You can see the beautiful courtyard and entrance in my last post here, but now let's take a peek inside.  Once I entered, I knew I was in a place unlike any I'd ever been before.  The contrast of darkness/light and beauty/decay made the Mosque a unique and memorable destination.

Entering the Mosque

Entering the Mosque

Once inside, all shoes had to be removed

Once inside, all shoes had to be removed

The magical interior

The magical interior

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Rays of sunlight pouring in through exterior windows

Rays of sunlight pouring in through exterior windows

A view upwards into the large center dome

A view upwards into the large center dome

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The massive center chandelier 

The massive center chandelier 

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Large prayer carpet covering the floor

Large prayer carpet covering the floor

This old and broken chandelier still has much beauty in it, don't you think?

This old and broken chandelier still has much beauty in it, don't you think?

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