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Mosque of Sultan Al-Mu'ayyad
Mosque of Sultan Al-Mu'ayyad

Mosque of Sultan Al-Mu'ayyad

Al Shrakia, El-Darb El-Ahmar, Cairo

The Basics

The Mosque of Sultan Al-Mu'ayyad is one of the less-visited mosques in Old Cairo (also known as Islamic Cairo or Historic Cairo). Experience it on a guided walking tour, a tour of Cairo’s mosques, or an Islamic Cairo tour, or put it on your itinerary with a private guide. There’s a small fee to enter.

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Things to Know Before You Go

  • The Mosque of Sultan Al-Mu'ayyad is of interest to fans of Islamic architecture.

  • The Mosque of Sultan Al-Mu'ayyad is considered sacred to Muslims; women should cover their legs and arms and bring a scarf to cover their hair.

  • Tip the attendant who looks after your shoes while you enter the prayer hall. A couple of Egyptian pounds will suffice.

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How to Get There

The Mosque of Sultan Al-Mu'ayyad sits in the heart of Cairo, right next to the Bab Zuweila gate to the old city. Public transit can be challenging if you don’t speak Arabic. The easiest option for visiting is to join a tour or hire a private driver for the day.

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When to Get There

The Mosque of Sultan Al-Mu'ayyad is open Saturday through Thursday, morning through late afternoon. During prayer times on Friday, access is reserved for worshippers. The mosque is rarely crowded, except during major Islamic holidays, such as Eid al-Fitr and Eid al-Adha.

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Islamic Cairo’s Must-See Mosques

Medieval domes and minarets still grace the skyline of Historic Cairo, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Besides the Mosque of Sultan Al-Mu'ayyad, other signature sites include the Alabaster Mosque, the Sultan Hassan Mosque, the Al-Azhar Mosque, and the Mosque of Ibn Tulun, which dates back to the ninth century.

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