First Mosque in Egypt and Africa
Built in 642 AD with palm trunks and fronds, it was the first mosque erected in Egypt and all Africa.
The location of the mosque was determined by the general of the Muslim Army Amr Ibn Al-'As who had pitched his tent at that very same place when he conquered the land.
The capital of Islamic Egypt Al-Fustat was then built around this spot. There are approximately 200 columns in the mosque taken from different sites, and the wide and quiet spaces offer a sanctuary from the bustle of Cairo.
The mosque of Amr Ibn Al 'As is part of what is commonly known today as the "Multi-Religious Compound" in Cairo, an area that is home to very old places of worship pertaining to the three monotheistic religions: Islam, Christianity, and Judaism.