The Mosque of Muhammad Ali, also known as the Alabaster Mosque, is a prominent landmark in Cairo, the capital of culture. A significant religious site, it sits atop the Citadel of Saladin offering breathtaking panoramic views of the city.
“The mosque itself dates back to the 19th century. Mohammed Ali became the ruler of Egypt in 1805, when Egypt was a part of the Turkish Empire,” Hani explains, explaining that rulers were sent to Egypt to rule on the behalf of the Ottomans.
A leader of great aspirations, Hani tells us that “Mohammad Ali wanted to send a message to Turkey that Egypt was no lesser a country and invited the same engineer who designed the Blue Mosque in Turkey to design a replica in Cairo.”
Built between 1830 and 1848, the mosque stands as a remarkable example of Ottoman architecture, blending Turkish and Egyptian styles. Massive domes, elegant minarets and the use of alabaster in its construction emphasizes its grandeur. The interior features intricate detailing, including grand chandeliers and ornate decorations.
“Outside the mosque we have a beautiful view overview for the city of Cairo,” says Hani. “On a clear day you can see the pyramids in the background, it’s quite spectacular.”