Al-Hussein Mosque

Address: Egypt

Latitude: 30.0477780

Longitude: 31.2630560

Time Zone: Central Africa Time

Categories: Activities, Attraction

Tags: Cultural, Tourist-free


How could a market in Egypt be responsible for the founding of the United States? Khan el-Khalili, once known as the Turkish bazaar during the Ottoman period, is now usually just called the 'Khan', and the names of it and the Muski market are often used interchangeably to mean either. Named for the great Caravansary, the market was built in 1382 by the Emir Djaharks el-Khalili in the heart of the Fatimid City. Together with the al-Muski market to the west, they comprise one of Cairo's most important shopping areas. But more than that, they represent the market tradition which established Cairo as a major center of trade, and at the Khan, one will still find foreign merchants. Perhaps, this vary market was involved in the spice monopoly controlled by the Mamluks, which encouraged the Europeans to search for new routes to the East and led Columbus, indirectly, to discover the Americas. During its early period, the market was also a center for subversive groups, often subject to raids before the Sultan Ghawri rebuilt much of the area in the early 16th century. Regardless, it was trade which caused Cairo's early wealth, even from the time of the Babylon fort which was often a settlement of traders.
This market is situated at one corner of a triangle of markets that go south to Bab Zuwayla and west to Azbakiyyah. The Khan is bordered on the south by al-Azhar Street and on the west by the Muski Market. One of the old original gates guards the entrance to the original courtyard which lies midway down Sikkit al-Badistan (street). On a narrow street leading off al-Badistand, one will find the El-Fishawi Cafe, or Cafe of Mirrors, which was once a meeting place for local artists, and is still frequented by the Nobel Award winning Naguib Mahfouz, one of Egypt's most well known authors. There are any number of canvas covered streets such as the one pictured to the right.

Egyptian buyers generally shop in the area north of al-Badistan and to the west, where prices may be lower. Better deals for gold and silver are to be found west of the Khan along the "street of the goldsellers", and further on one will find the Brass and Coppersmith Markets.
it is a mosque built in 1154 and located in Cairo, Egypt, near the Khan El-Khalili bazaar. It is named for the grandson of Muhammad, Husayn ibn Ali, whose head is believed by some to be buried on the grounds of the mosque. Shī‘ah Muslims believe that the head of Husayn ibn Ali is with his body in the Imam Husayn Mosque in Karbala. The mosque, considered to be one of the holiest Islamic sites in Cairo, was built on the cemetery of the Fatimid caliphs, a fact that was later discovered during the excavation. The mausoleum (dating back to 1154) is the oldest part of the complex.
The Mosque houses some very sacred items like the oldest believed complete manuscript of the Quran.
Amazing view of the old Egypt, and the Islamic culture
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An amazing attraction of the islamic monuments in Cairo. Some of the oldest mosques in the world and the most important in Egypt with their wonderful architecture designs. Also some houses of islamic style which are historic now really deserve to be seen. a castle of abu el dahab also and the oldest market in islamic Egypt lies there. Close to khan el khalili.
The El-Hussein Mosque sits on the site of the cemetery of the Fatimid caliphs. It was entirely rebuilt under the khedive Ismail. Earlier this century the remains of the cemetery were discovered while work was being done on the mosque's foundations. There are forty-four white marble columns that support the wood ceiling. On one side of the mosque is the mausoleum which is the oldest part of the complex which was built in 1154 and then modified in 1236. In the mausoleum are the remains of El-Hussein. A cupola with a ceiling that is decorated and inlaid with gold surmounts the mausoleum. There are two minarets at the complex. The one on the southwest side is from the same period as the mosque. The other is contemporary in style as is the mausoleum.
Al Hussein Mosque is one of the most precious mosques of Cairo, Egypt. Built in 1154. It is considered a symbol of Islamic revivalism which was spread in the Khedival Era. The researches proved that it was constructed over the cemetery of the Fatimid caliphs. It is most appreciated for containing a collection of sacred objects like the oldest version of the holly Qur`an.

Al Hussein is the Prophet Muhammad`s Son-in-law, Ali`s son. It was belived that he will has the caliphate after his father, Ali, but he was killed in Iraq in Karabala battle. His head was brought back to Egypt where they constructed a shrine for him.

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