Islamic sites in old Cairo

Let’s come back today to the fundation of Cairo. Contrary to what I thought , this city was founded in AD 969 as a new capital for the Fatimid dynasty.

Some of the greatest and famous arabic names are associated to Cairo, as Saladin who “led the Muslim opposition against the European Crusaders in the Levant. At the height of his power, his sultanate included Egypt, Syria, Mesopotamia, Hejaz, Yemen, and other parts of North Africa.”

Then the city was conquested in AD 1250 by the Mamluks who seized control of Egypt and like many of their predecessors established Cairo as the capital of their new dynasty and built great mosques.

Mosque in the old city of Cairo

Mosque in the old city of Cairo

Cairo’s political influence diminished significantly after the Ottomans supplanted Mamluk power over Egypt in 1517, relegated Egypt to a mere province, with Cairo as its capital.

In the 1800’s, Muhammad Ali took power on Egypt and Cairo and separated the country from Ottomans empire. A new golden age started that day and a lot of new buildings are built then.

I’ve visited today the area called islamic period dated between the foundation of Cairo and the end of Ottoman influence.

All these 3 pictures I propose today have been taken in Islamic sites in the old city. This area is really gorgeous with a lot of old buildings as Mosque, Madrassa, Mausoleum and houses.

I hope you’ll go to Cairo and visit this area of the city, you’ll love it for sure!

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