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Egypt Inaugurates Restored Ottoman Mosque in Cairo Citadel

Egypt unveils new opened Ottoman mosque within historic Cairo citadel.

The mosque was constructed in 1528 AD, eleven years after the Ottoman army commanded by Sultan Selim seized Egypt from the Mamluk dynasty, and features 22 green-tiled domes and a minbar inlaid with famed Iznik tiles.

On the site of Sayed Sariya still-standing Fatimid-era tomb, which was constructed in 1140 AD, is a 2,360 square meter mosque complex.

The minaret of an Ottoman mosque is typically fashioned like a pencil, according to Mostafa Waziri, head of the Supreme Council of Antiquities. The prayer area, the surrounding area, the Fatimid cemetery, and the Kuttab (Quran school) are all included in the mosque.

Egypt Inaugurates Mosque

The Suleyman Pasha al-Khadim mosque, commonly referred to as the Sariya mosque, is located inside Cairo’s citadel. After taking Cairo from the Fatimids, the Muslim general Salah al-Din constructed the castle. Salah al-Din later defeated the Crusaders in Jerusalem a few years later.

Under the direction of the Arab Organization for Industrialization of the military and the Supreme Council of Antiquities of Egypt, the restoration took five years.

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