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Al-hussain mosque

The atmosphere of Ramadan is more than wonderful, and you will feel it as soon as you pray in it, as it is one of the most important sites of Ramadan religious tourism in Cairo, specifically Al-Hussein neighborhood. It is the "Hussein" mosque.


Al-Hussein Mosque is considered the second qiblah to Cairo after Al-Azhar Mosque. Its construction dates back to the era of the Fatimids in 1154 AD. The mosque was built of red stone in the Gothic style. Its cylindrical minaret is located in the western tribal corner. It has two turns and ends with a cone. The mosque contains five rows of arches carried on marble columns, and its mihrab was built from small pieces of colored faience, and next to it is a pulpit made of wood, adjacent to two doors leading to the dome, and a third to the waste room. It includes three doors built in white marble overlooking Khan al-Khalili, and another door next to the dome called the Green Gate.


The mosque was originally a mausoleum of medium size of stone with three doors, two minarets and one dome over the mausoleum. We find that it contains many important Islamic holdings, including: two copies of the Qur’an in the Kufic script, one in the handwriting of Caliph Othman Ibn Affan, and the other in the handwriting of Caliph Ali Ibn Abi Talib.


It is reported that the mosque has undergone several development and restoration operations, the last of them included the development of internal and external lighting, sound and air conditioning systems, and the expansion of the mosque’s area, as 2,500 meters were entered into the mosque’s courtyard, in addition to allocating places for women’s prayer.