Mosque of Amr Ibn El-Aas, Cairo

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Named after the Islamic general who conquered the fort of Babylon, Mosque of Amr Ibn El-Aas was the first mosque ever built on the African continent. Amr Ibn Al-Aas built the original 7th-century mosque from mud-brick and palm trees at the place where his army tent stood during the siege. The current building dates from 1875 and incorporates marble columns and wooden plaques taken from Roman and Byzantine buildings. Pay attention to architraves along the south wall, which are the only remaining bits of the original 9th-century structure. The mosque also serves as a religious and civil court. Arrange your visit to Mosque of Amr Ibn El-Aas and discover more family-friendly attractions in Cairo using our Cairo trip planner.
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  • The Mosque of Amr ibn al-As was originally built in 641–642 AD in Cairo. The original structure was the first mosque in Egypt and the whole of Africa. Through the twentieth century, it was the fourth....  more »
  • This mosque is a great example of art work during early Islamic era. This is the first mosque built in Cairo, so you really feel like walking in history's footsteps. Women can also enter and they...  more »
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  • The original structure was built between 641–642 AD, as the center of the newly founded capital of Egypt, Fustat. The original structure was the first mosque ever built in Egypt and the whole of Africa. The original layout was a simple rectangle, 29 meters in length by 17 meters wide. It was a low shed with columns made from split palm tree trunks, stones and mud bricks, covered by a roof of wood and palm leaves. The floor was of gravel. The mosque was destroyed and reconstructed several times through time till it reached its current form and size
  • The oldest mosque ever built in Egypt and North Africa. Very spiritual place. I really recommend it if u will visit Cairo
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