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Al-Hakim Mosque

See the Oldest Minarets in Cairo

See the Oldest Minarets in Cairo

Located near Bab al-Futuh, at the beginning of Al-Mo’ez Street, you’ll find one of the largest Fatimid mosques in Cairo: the Al-Hakim Mosque.

A famously eccentric caliph, Al-Hakim Bi-Amr Allah, ordered its construction in 990 AD. Towards the end of his reign, he disappeared without a trace at the age of 36. The mosque has since then been used as a warehouse and an elementary school before being reconverted into a mosque in 1980.

The sanctuary's most impressive features are its minarets, the oldest "surviving" minarets of all Cairo, and the mosque's spectacular entrance resembling a propylon which is more of an Ancient Egyptian architectural feature.

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