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Alabaster Mosque (Mosque of Muhammad Ali)
Alabaster Mosque (Mosque of Muhammad Ali)

Alabaster Mosque (Mosque of Muhammad Ali)

Open daily 8am - 5pm. Closed Fridays
The Citadel of Saladin, Cairo

The basics

Perhaps the most evocative description of the Alabaster Mosque is in Olivia Manning's The Levant Trilogy: “Above them Mohammed Ali's alabaster mosque, uniquely white in this sand-colored city, sat with minarets pricked, like a fat, white, watchful cat." Although the landmark has not received much praise from writers, who have criticized it for being unimaginative, lacking in grace, and resembling a great toad, the Alabaster Mosque is one of the most visited mosques in Cairo. From inside its high minarets, visitors can see almost the entire city, including the Giza Plateau. The mosque is also known for its more than 136 stained-glass windows and a solid marble pulpit. The clock in the central courtyard was a gift from King Louis-Philippe of France as a thank you for the Pharaonic obelisk that adorns the Place de la Concorde in Paris; the clock was damaged on delivery and has yet to be repaired. Guided tours of the citadel and the mosque are available and offer an explanatory look at this interesting attraction.

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4-hours private Tour to Islamic Mosque and Coptic Cairo
4-hours private Tour to Islamic Mosque and Coptic Cairo
$20.00 per adult
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Great tour
Great tour. Ibrahim was very knowledgeable about all aspects of the tour. He was also very kind to our young daughter. It was a great tour. I would recommend to anyone.
Joshua_T, Jul 2022

Recent reviews from experiences in Cairo

star-5
Great tour
Claudia_G, Jan 2022
Cairo Collection – Egyptian Museum, Alabaster Mosque & Coptic Cairo
We booked this tour last minute, which was no problem. Our tourguide Ashour showed us all you can probably visit in one day. Even some extra wishes were no problem and so we added some more stops to this tour for a little extra money. Definitely a must do when you are in Cairo :)
star-5
Very knowledgeable, safe and friendly tour!
Alicia_C, Jan 2020
Egyptian Museum, Alabaster Mosque & Khan El-Khalili
Extremely satisfied with this tour. Our tour guide met us in our hotel lobby in the morning and was extremely smart, friendly and gave us a lot of information while we toured around Cairo. He showed us a lot of the top things to see in the Egyptian Museum, offered to take our photos multiple times, guided us around safely from our hotel to the museum and to the Alabaster Mosque. I would highly recommend this tour when you go to Egypt, you will not be disappointed!
star-4
Just the highlights
Happiness562385, Nov 2019
Egyptian Museum Alabaster Mosque Hanging Church and Khan Bazaar from Cairo
Good fast trip of the highlights of Cairo. If you've got one day see to it all, this is your trip. If you've got more time you can spend a day in the museum and a day at the market.
star-5
The views from the Mosque are just breathtaking.
Christopher_A, Oct 2019
Private Half-Day Tour to the City of the Dead and the Alabaster Mosque
We had a great tour of the City of the Dead and the Alabaster Mosque with our phenomenal guide Fatmia with Tree of Life Tours. She was very knowledgeable so it was really interesting to speak with her about past and present Egyptian history. On our way back to our hotel she treated us to fresh squeezed sugar cane juice which was delicious. We would highly recommend this tour with Fatmia!!
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Things to know before you go

  • The site combines military and government history, making it a must-see for history buffs and architecture lovers.
  • Because this is a Muslim site, visitors should be mindful of their dress and behavior while visiting the grounds.
  • The site is well paved, so it is accessible for wheelchair users.
  • If you choose a private car to get around Cairo, be sure to stress that you do not want to visit the perfume and carpet shops, unless shopping is on your agenda.
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How to get there

Located in Islamic Cairo near other popular attractions, the Alabaster Mosque can only be reached by taxi or on an organized tour or by hiring a private car and guide. There are no public transportation stops nearby. Some hotels do offer shuttle service to the citadel or can help arrange a car.

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When to get there

During Ramadan, the citadel closes early, and as the Alabaster Mosque is still an active place of worship, it’s closed to tourists during midday prayers on Fridays. Plan to visit in the morning hours, if possible, to avoid the afternoon heat, especially in summer. Travelers recommend visiting on weekdays, when it’s less crowded.

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Khan el-Khalili Bazaar

Guided tours of Islamic Cairo typically include a stop through the Khan el-Khalili Bazaar, a major souk that is filled with shops selling souvenirs, antiques, carpets, and jewelry, as well as coffeehouses, restaurants, and food vendors. There is also a spice market where you can buy fresh spices. The colorful marketplace is a must-see when in Cairo.

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Frequently Asked Questions
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