Wednesday, May 10, 2017

Cairo - Sulydad's Citadel, main bazaar, Felucca ride

March 17 - our last day in Egypt.  We went to the Mohamed Ali Mosque.  Mohamed Ali (1769-1849) was born in Greece and was a soldier in the troops that were sent to Egypt to free the country from Napoleon's occupation.  In 1805 the Egyptians revolted and Ali took over.  The mosque was built in 1830 over the Citadel built by Sulydad in the 1500s.  The mosque is modeled after the Hagia Sophia in Istanbul, Turkey.

The courtyard is surrounded by four corridors with marble columns and in the center is the fountain of ablutions.

A large number of pendant glass and crystal lamps form circles of lighting in the mosque.

Since this is highest point in Cairo we had great views of the city skyline.

Views of the Mosque of Sultan Hassan - 

 We went to the old medieval  part of Cairo with its shops and hordes of people.

In the old city is the Bab Zwiyla, two old minarets that are are at the gates to the old city.

After shopping we took a felucca ride on the Nile.

A one man operation -

Our last meal in Cairo - Friday's with American food and ice cream.

Said our goodbyes to Barb and departed for USA the next morning.  Arrived in Phoenix at 10 that night.  Another get adventure!

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