Egypt day 3: Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha

We had an early start since we were leaving later this afternoon to Luxor.  We started the day sitting in 2 hour Cairo traffic as we made our way to the Citadel of Salah Al-Din, where the Mosque of Muhammad Ali is. Built in 1830-1848, this was the largest Ottoman mosque to be built at the time.  The mosque was built in memory of Tusun Pasha, Muhammad Ali’s oldest son, who died in 1816.

To get to the Mosque, we walked the perimeter of the Citadel. From the perimeter, we took great photos of the Mosque from the outside.

The Mosque is now a museum, but the traditional practice of removing shoes is observed. There are cubby holes you can store your shoes while visiting.  If you don’t wish to remove your shoes, you can buy shoe covers for $1.

Once back outside, there’s a great view of Cairo.

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