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Mosque of Muhammad Ali | Saladin Citadel of Cairo :: A medieval Islamic fort built to protect from invading crusaders, this citadel, along with providing amazing views of the city below, encompasses multiple mosques; the most famous of which being the Mosque of Muhammad Ali. Also known as the Alabaster Mosque (for it's extensive use of alabaster seen throughout the site) it's easy to see why it's the most visited, and in many people's opinion, the most beautiful mosque in Egypt - it really is stunning, from the impressive interior, it's exterior which dominates the Cairo skyline, and it's massive alabaster covered courtyard. Muhammad Ali Pasha, who had the mosque built, ruled over Egypt during the time of it's construction, from early to mid 1800's, and is often dubbed as the founder of modern Egypt. Muhammad Ali is buried in a tomb on site. When we visited the Citadel there were many school children visiting at the same time, all wanting to take selfies of myself and Aaron 🙈. I've experienced similar situations in Peru, Bali, and multiple countries through SE Asia, but never to the extent we experienced in Egypt, we felt like celebrities. Flattering at first, it would get rather annoying, we had to start telling people "no". This was just another situation where having a local guide was such a help, the kids were more apt to listen to him telling them not to bother us for photos 😂. 📷 cred: @turisi.egy on a GoPro, thanks for being an amazing guide/photographer during our time in Cairo!