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Mosque of Sultan Al-Mu'ayyad Tours and Activities

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Mosque of Sultan Al-Mu'ayyad
Close to the Bab Zuweila gate to Cairo’s old city, the 15th-century Mosque of Sultan Al-Mu'ayyad stands atop the remains of a prison that once housed the mosque’s creator, Sultan Al-Mu’ayyad. While the structure has been extensively reworked over the years, its brilliantly colored marble and ornate decorations still stand out, as do the elegant twin minarets.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.
Address: Al Shrakia, El-Darb El-Ahmar, Cairo, Cairo Governorate, Egypt
Admission: Varies
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Islamic Cairo Private History Tour

Islamic Cairo Private History Tour

Discover the mosques and madrasas of one of the world’s oldest Islamic cities on a customizable, private tour of the city with a local guide. Explore historic Cairo, a UNESCO site that was founded in the 10th century, and see how the city’s tradition, art and architecture braid together in the narrow streets. Learn about life in the city while taking in the rich scents, sights and sounds of the Egyptian capital.
  • 2 to 5 hours
  • Free Cancellation
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