This week I’m hosting great picture from Mohammed Ali Mosque taken by Chris Christensen from Amateur Traveler.
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Picture Story: Girls in Mohammed Ali Mosque, Cairo, Egypt
Just before the Arab Spring in the Fall of 2010, I visited Egypt. This particular picture was taken at the Mohammed Ali mosque (the boxer may have named himself after the mosque but the mosque is definitely not named after the boxer) in Cairo.
We were listening to our tour guide tell us of the significance of the mosque when our of the corner of my eye I spotted these two young women taking our picture and turned my camera on them as well.
I love this picture because I thought it captured some of the friendliness we saw in Egypt.
The Great Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha or Alabaster Mosque is a mosque situated in the Citadel of Cairo in Egypt and commissioned by Muhammad Ali Pasha between 1830 and 1848.
This Ottoman mosque, the largest to be built in the first half of the 19th century, is, with its animated silhouette and twin minarets, the most visible mosque in Cairo.
The mosque, along with the citadel, is one of the landmarks and tourist attractions of Cairo and is one of the first features to be seen when approaching the city any direction.