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Highlights of the Program: Citadel of Fort Qaitbey from outside: it’s a mixture between Pharaonic & Islamic histories as the fort is on the original site of the Pharos (It was Alexandria’s ancient lighthouse which built in 279 BC t...
Highlights of the Program:
Citadel of Fort Qaitbey from outside: it’s a mixture between Pharaonic & Islamic histories as the fort is on the original site of the Pharos (It was Alexandria’s ancient lighthouse which built in 279 BC to a height of 12 meters and topped with the statue of Poseidon) & it was built in the 1480’s.
Morsi Abu Alabas Mosque: It is an Egyptian mosque in the city of Alexandria & it is located in the Anfoushi neighborhood of Alexandria, near the Citadel of Qaitbay. It’s contain the tomb of Murcian Andalusi Sufi Sheikh Abul Abbas al-Mursi who died in 1286 and The mosque was first built in 1307 and redesigned and built in today's current form by Eugenio Valzania and Mario Rossi in the years 1929/1945.
Citadel of Saladin: It is a medieval Islamic-era fortification in Cairo, built by Salah ad-Din (Saladin) and further developed by subsequent Egyptian rulers. It was the seat of government in Egypt and the residence of its rulers for nearly 700 years from the 13th to the 19th centuries. Its location on a promontory of the Mokattam hills near the center of Cairo commands a strategic position overlooking the city and dominating its skyline. At the time of its construction, it was among the most impressive and ambitious military fortification projects of its time. It is now a preserved historic site & mosques.
The Mosque of Ibn Tulun: It is one of the oldest mosques in Egypt as well as the whole of Africa surviving in its full original form, and is the largest mosque in Cairo in terms of land area. Since Ibn Tulun Mosque has much open space, it boasts both sunlight and shadows. It is built around an open square courtyard which allows natural light to travel through. Ibn Tulun Mosque features ancient architecture styles of Egypt, its decorations being created from carved stucco and wood. This mosque is a popular tourist attraction.
Al-Azhar Mosque: Known simply in Egypt as al-Azhar, is an Egyptian mosque in Islamic Cairo. Jawhar al-Siqilli commissioned its construction for the newly established capital city in 970. Its name is usually thought to derive from az-Zahrāʾ (meaning "the shining one"), a title given to Fatimah bent Muhammad, the Prophet of Islam. It was the first mosque established in Cairo, a city that has since gained the nickname "the City of a Thousand Minarets".
Khan El-Khalili: which is a famous bazaar and souq (or souk) in the historic center of Cairo. Established as a center of trade in the Mamluk era and named for one of its several historic caravanserais, the bazaar district has since become one of Cairo's main attractions for tourists and Egyptians alike. It is also home to many Egyptian artisans and workshops involved in the production of traditional crafts and souvenirs.
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