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Mosque of Amr Ibn Al-Aas

Mosque of Amr Ibn Al-Aas

Mosque of Amr Ibn Al-Aas

Amr Ibn Al-Aas Mosque - Cairo Landmarks - Egypt Tours Portal

The History of Amr Ibn Al-Aas Mosque

Amr Ibn Al-Aas Mosque was the earliest building in Egypt, it was constructed in 641 A.D by Commander Amr Ibn Alas, and it was the first mosque to ever be built in the whole of Africa. The mosque was built on the location of his tent because a dove nested on his tent and laid an egg, so he took the dove nest like a good omen of God’s will and this site became the capital of Islamic Egypt. The mosque had a modest structure, as it was built using palm leaves and trunks and mud-bricks, it’s really hard to know the original appearance of the first building as it was destroyed and rebuilt since the 7th century. Amr Ibn Al-Aas Mosque considers being one of the top Cairo tourist attractions that you can visit during one of our Cairo day tours if you are located in Cairo accompanied by a private Egyptologist tour guide.

The History of the Construction

In 640 A.D, The Muslim army led by general Amr Ibn Al Aas was able to capture Alexandria (the capital of Egypt during the Greco-Roman period) and move to modern-day Cairo in order to attack the powerful fort of Babylon along the Nile. The mosque was built in the place of Amr Ibn Alas’s tent in the city of Fustat (Arabic word of the tent) which became the capital of Muslim Egypt. Amr Ibn Al-Aas Mosque was rebuilt so many times over the years, as in 827 A.D, the mosque was rebuilt, doubled in size and arcades of columns were erected, in 1172 the city of Fustat was burned by the crusaders and restored by the Great Empire Saladin. After years of decay because of the coming of Napoleon Bonaparte’s troops to Cairo in 1798, the last renovation to the mosque was in 1875. the mosque is able to incorporate elements of Greek and Roman architecture and holds 150 white marble columns, three minarets designed in a very simple manner also has an open court surrounded by four Riwaqs, the largest being the Qiblah Riwaq. The mosque is still an active house of prayer with a devout congregation and is considered a prominent landmark for its historical importance as many tourists are attracted to it from all over the world during their Egypt vacation.

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General Tips:

The currency of Egypt is the Egyptian pound.

Friday and Saturday are the official holidays in Egypt.

Keep a tour Guide by your side to fully enjoy your time in Egypt.

Try “Ful & Ta’meya (Fava Beans and Falafel)”, and “Koshary”.

Buy a local SIM card so you can call anyone you want.

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Professional Egyptologist Tour Guides.

Modern Air-Conditioned Vehicles.

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Entrance Fees to All Sites that Mentioned at the Itinerary.

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ):

The entire country of Egypt deserve to be seen with its every heavenly detail but there are places that must be seen such as the breathtaking Hurghada's red sea, The wonders of Cairo the pyramids of Giza, the great sphinx, the Egyptian Museum, Khan El Khalili, the wonders of Luxor like Valley of the Kings, Karnak and Hatshepsut temple and the wonders of Aswan like Abu Simbel temples, Philea temple, Unfinished obelisk and The Wonders of Alexandria like Qaitbat Citadel, Pompey's Pillar and Alexandria Library. Read More About the Best Places to Visit in Egypt

If you want to apply for a Visa On Arrival that lasts for 30 days then you should be one of the eligible countries, have a valid passport with at least 6 months remaining and pay 25$ USD in cash, as for the E-Visa for 30 day you should have a valid passport for at least 8 months, complete the online application, pay the e-visa fee then print the e-visa to later be presented to the airport border guard. You could also be one of the lucky ones who can obtain a free visa for 90 days. Read More About Egypt Travel Visa.

Egypt has a variety of delicious cuisines but we recommend “Ful & Ta’meya (Fava Beans and Falafel)”, Mulukhiya, “Koshary”, a traditional Egyptian pasta dish, and Kebab & Kofta, the Egyptian traditional meat dish.

The best time to travel to Egypt is during the winter from September to April as the climate becomes a bit tropical accompanied by a magical atmosphere of warm weather with a winter breeze. You will be notified in the week of your trip if the weather is unsafe and if any changes have been made.

You should pack everything you could ever need and but in a small bag so you could move easily between your destinations.

We have been creating the finest vacations for more than 10 years around the most majestic destinations in Egypt. Our staff consists of the best operators, guides and drivers who dedicate all of their time & effort make you have the perfect vacation. All of our tours are customized by Travel, Financial & Time consultants to fit your every possible need during your vacation. It doesn't go without saying that your safety and comfort are our main concern priority and all of our resources will be directed to provide the best atmosphere until you return home.

You will feel safe in Egypt as the current atmosphere of the country is quite peaceful after the government took powerful measures like restructuring the entire tourist police to include all the important and tourist attractions in Egypt. Read More

Wear whatever feels right and comfortable. It is advised to wear something light, sunblock during your time in Egypt in the summer and wear comfortable footwear like a closed-toe shoe to sustain the terrain of Egypt.

The best activity is by far boarding a Nile Cruise between Luxor and Aswan or Vise Versa. Witness the beauty of Egypt from a hot balloon or a plane and try all the delicious Egyptian cuisines and drinks plus shopping in old Cairo. Explore the allure and wonders of the red sea in the magical city resorts of Egypt like Hurghada and many more by diving and snorkeling in the marine life or Hurghada. Behold the mesmerizing western desert by a safari trip under the heavenly Egyptian skies.

There are a lot of public holidays in Egypt too many to count either religious or nation, the most important festivals are the holy month of Ramadan which ends with Eid Al Fitr, Christmas and new years eve. Read More

Egypt is considered to be one of the most liberal Islamic countries but it has become a little bit conservative in the last couple of decades so it is advised to avoid showing your chest, shoulders or legs below the knees.

Arabic is the official language and Most Egyptians, who live in the cities, speak or understand English or at least some English words or phrases. Fewer Egyptians can speak French, Italian, Spanish, and German. Professional tour guides, who work in the tourism sector, are equipped to handle visitors who cannot speak Arabic and they will speak enough English and other languages to fulfill the needs of all our clients.

The fastest way is a car, of course, a taxi. If you are in Cairo ride a white taxi to move faster or you could board the fastest way of transportation in Egypt metro if the roads are in rush hour.

The temperature in Egypt ranges from 37c to 14 c. Summer in Egypt is somehow hot and winter is cool and mild but sometimes it becomes cold at night. The average of low temperatures vary from 9.5 °C in the wintertime to 23 °C in the summertime and average high temperatures vary from 17 °C in the wintertime to 32 °C in the summertime. The temperature is moderate all along the coasts.

It is the home of everything a traveler might be looking for from amazing historical sites dating to more than 4000 years to enchanting city resorts & beaches. You will live the vacation you deserve as Egypt has everything you could possibly imagine.

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