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Al-Hakim Mosque
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“excellent ..................................”
Reviewed 25 September 2013

Al-Hakim mosque lie in the north side of Islamic Cairo city walls, beside Bab Al-Fetouh. the mosque has been built in 990 AD 380 H. the mosque contain courtyard " Sahn " in the central and 4 Isles "Rewaqs" around, the biggest isle which in the eastern side. the mosque consider one of the biggest mosques in Egypt. It was only in 1980 that the Egyptian government accepted the patronage of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin the head of the Dawoodi Bohra sect.

The mosque was practically rebuilt in gleaming white marble and gold trim with remnants of the original decorations incorporated: stucco carvings, timber tie-beams, and Quranic inscriptions.

Al-Hakim is a central figure in both the Ismaili and Druze sects. Although the mosque is in use by local Egyptians, it is a place of pilgrimage and is the seat of the Ismaili Bohra congregation in Cairo. Amongst the Ismailis, the mosque is known as Al-Anwar, or "The Most Illuminated".

Visited May 2013
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“One of the nicest mosque in Islamic Cairo”
Reviewed 27 March 2013

On my way to the airport as we were going back to the UK, I kindly asked the driver to take us to Al-Hakim Mosque - a bit of a tedious route from our hotel. Anyway I was so glad to see this mosque. The interior courtyard is so clean and modern, I was well impressed. It's located on the northern side of Islamic Cairo next to Bab-El-Fetur (Northern Gate) on Muizz Street. This mosque was built by the Fatimids. The minarets are so amazing that it takes my breath away and the entrance gate gave me an indication how nice this mosque really is. I would strongly advise people to visit this mosque.

Visited March 2013
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“Fatemid mosque of Al-Hakim.”
Reviewed 8 September 2012

Al-Hakim mosque lie in the north side of Islamic Cairo city walls, beside Bab Al-Fetouh. the mosque has been built in 990 AD 380 H>
the mosque contain courtyard " Sahn " in the central and 4 Isles "Rewaqs" around, the biggest isle which in the eastern side.
the mosque consider one of the biggest mosques in Egypt.
the floor covered by marble and the roof carried on pillars.

Visited August 2012
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“Large, quiet, but modernized”
Reviewed 28 April 2012

This is one of the biggest mosques in Islamic Cairo, and one of the few surviving from the Fatimid era (the once-powerful Isma'ili Shi'a dynasty that preceded Saladin). The sultan/caliph who built it is infamous, and often called mad, due to his eccentric fanaticism and persecution of minorities (he also demolished the Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem at the time), though this was not characteristic of the Fatimid dynasty as a whole. The building was used for various other purposes for several centuries until restoration in 1980 by modern Isma'ilis.

Some experts have criticized the renovation for violating original authenticity of the structure, but the restoration has also allowed it to be used again as a fully functional mosque.

As a result, the interior is large, clean, and peaceful but looks kind of modern. In this respect, the Ibn Tulun mosque in southern Cairo, which was probably one of the main inspirations, is more interesting. The new mihrab added by the restoration is also relatively boring, though the original mihrab also survives off to the side. Some other decorations survive, but the more interesting features of the mosque are the two strange minarets in a style later copied elsewhere. The northern wall of the mosque is also attached to the old city walls, so while you're there you can also visit the medieval stone gates of Bab Futuh and Bab Nasr nearby.

All in all, not the most interesting place you can visit in Islamic Cairo, but if you're not that interested in art history then it's still an impressive large mosque.

Visited August 2011
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“Amazing”
Reviewed 5 March 2012

Amazingg.. Very spirtual...incredible height a must see

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