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Things to do in Cairo

Best attractions to visit in Cairo

11. Sultan Hassan Mosque - Cairo

Sultan Hassan Mosque

Sultan Hasan Mosque in Egypt is a large 13th century mosque built during the reign of Mamluk Sultan Hassan. The mosque was built between 1356 and 1363 and was considered a marvel of its time when completed, due to its large size and use of innovative architectural components. It is an amazing piece of architecture in old Cairo where visitors can take good photos. The mosque served a dual purpose as a place of worship and a Madrassa where children used to take their lessons. It is one of the largest mosques in the world, covering an area of about of 7,906 sq. meters. The colossal size of the mosque nearly emptied the vast treasury of the Mamluk. The courtyard located inside the mosque, centers on a domed ablution fountain that was probably an addition during the reign of the Ottoman Empire. Liwans or sitting rooms are located on the four sides of the courtyards that are lit by red-and-black rims and hanging lamp chains. Inside the mosque is a bronze door that is decorated with radiating gold and silver stars and which leads into the tomb of Sultan Hasan. The tomb overlooks the old stomping ground of the sultan on Midan Salah al-Din.

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