Cairo Citadel

Cairo Citadel

Cairo Citadel
4.5
Historic Sites • Architectural Buildings • Religious Sites
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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This massive stone fortress, built by Salah ad-Din in the 12th century, was crowned with the Mosque of Mohammed Ali 700 years later.
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dean b
Bucharest, Romania11 contributions
Cool place, no parking.
Jun 2021 • Friends
It’s really nice to walk around the castle walls, not easy to find the walls entrance but when you do it’s worth it.
No parking at all, we had to park a 20minute walk away down the hill which wasn’t great.
Written 11 July 2021
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Josh B
Lafayette, IN353 contributions
Interesting to learn about Cairo’s history
May 2021 • Family
Nice views of the city! We paid extra for a guide, and she was helpful with stories and explanations. The mosque at the top is interesting and vast—we were allowed to enter and take photos even as non-Muslims, as long as we removed or covered our shoes. Probably not something you’d choose with only 1-2 days in Cairo, but it was still interesting.
Written 1 July 2021
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DesertDweller32
Phoenix AZ573 contributions
Only if you have extra time....
Jun 2021
Very run-down, but worth a visit if you have extra time. Other reviewers are right - the price is excessive for the conditions of the area, but it is a bit interesting to see up close and it is a piece of history. (I have an issue paying 180 Egyptian pounds, even as a resident, when Egyptians are paying 30 Egyptian pounds. Others are right - they could at least throw in a "bathroom visit for free" pass...!)

We did see the two mosques inside - one more ornate than the other - both peaceful inside. The view of Cairo/Zamalek was a hazy one, but it's always fun to get another perspective of the city.

So - if you have time, or if you are visiting the Egyptian Civilization Museum - this is a quick stop. The metallic-colored domes are quite nice up close...!
Written 12 June 2021
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NickiR
Ottawa, Canada33 contributions
Full of history
Dec 2020
No tourists, just us discovering the area. Absolutely stunning, full of history and Egyptians love to share their knowledge. Worth every minute!
Written 26 April 2021
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Magd
3 contributions
The best place.i
Feb 2021 • Couples
The best place ever.i advice every body to visit at least one time per year.i want just say thank you very much
Written 25 February 2021
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PaoloAiello
Sicily, Italy443 contributions
Disappointing
Nov 2020 • Couples
The citadel is an interesting place to visit for sure. If you come to Cairo you should definitely come have a look. The price, maintenance and organization of the place are a bit disappointing though. The ticket is 180 EGP for foreigners. There are supposed to be 4 museums inside but, when we visited in November 2020, 3 of them were closed (just the police museum was open). On top of that the level of maintenance of the place is really poor. There's trash everywhere and a lot of old buildings that are falling apart. They should really clean the place and fix the buildings, including the wooden structures in the main garden in front of the mosque that are falling to the floor. The thing that most disturbed me was that I tried to go to the toilet and I got asked for money to enter. Isn't 180 EGP enough to use the toilet??? It's just unbelievable. The mosque of Mohamed Ali is beautiful but needs some cleaning too. The alabaster is brown rather than white...
Written 1 December 2020
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HeyD82
Finland57 contributions
Overpriced entry fee
Dec 2020 • Couples
We visited the Citadel in Cairo mainly because we wanted to see the Mosque of Mohammed Ali. The entry fee was 180 Egyptian pounds which we thought was way overpriced for what you get to see. The entry fee covered the Mosque of Mohammed Ali and another mosque. There were also a few museums (4) in the area that were included in the fee but only 1 of them was open. No doubt the Mosque of Mohammed Ali is beautiful and the view of Cairo from here is pretty interesting but the entry fee really is too much considering that it's almost the same (200 Egyptian pounds) as to visit the pyramids of Giza. In addition to this there were no free restrooms to use inside the complex as the ladies outside the restrooms kept asking for money to use them. One might wanna consider visiting another Cairo sight for this money unless you really just wanna see the Mosque of Mohammed Ali. Then there is no other choice ;).
Written 1 December 2020
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WImom
Fond du Lac, WI2,338 contributions
Iconic landmarks
Dec 2019
The Citadel is one of the iconic landmarks of Cairo. It is the largest medieval fortress in the world. The highlight of this is the Mosque of Mohammad Ali which is similar to the Hague Sophia in Istanbul but smaller. It took 18 years to build. Mohammed Ali lies in the tomb of the right as you enter. There is a terrace here with great Cairo views. Photos are allowed. Free brochures are available explaining different concepts of Islam. It is a huge complex to walk around.
Written 22 November 2020
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Takarasina
715 contributions
Hardly worth a half-an-hour visit
Nov 2020
Because it's just neglected and rather dirty ruins, nothing else. Yes, there is a Mohammed Ali mosque there plus four museums for Egypt connoisseurs but it's another pair of shoes.
Beware of touts, stray dogs and pavements full of potholes.
An episode in its history worth noting is March 1st, 1811 when that Mohammed Ali, an Albanian born in Macedonia and future pasha of Egypt and its prominent leader, massacred all but one (by chance) Mamluks who ruled the country at that time and eventually grabbed the throne - with silent consent of the Ottomans. The dynasty he founded reigned over Egypt until 1952 when Mr (Comrade?) Naser overthrew it by a military coup.
Another moment that caught my eye was a bundle of slackers - policemen, soldiers armed cap-a-pie as if they were preparing to rebuff an army of aggressors and local tourist officials - all of them doing absolutely nothing but sipping on their tea and lazily checking gadgets of tourists still alive after covid. Could've taken a broom and clean under themselves a little bit!
Viewing Cairo therefrom was really nice. But it took just those thirty minutes I wrote about - maximum.
Written 8 November 2020
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SOQ2010
Massachusetts1,720 contributions
Crusade Era
Sep 2020 • Solo
Citadel built by Salah ad-Din . In late 12th century .There is a beautiful rugged unassuming mosque Al Nasr masjid inside the citadel .Another masjid Mohd. Ali is nice from inside but dirty sandy outside.Authorities should make an effort to clean the exterior.
Written 11 October 2020
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