Mosque of Mohammed AliThe Mosque of Mohammed Ali is one of three mosques in the Citadel complex. The Citadel was started in 1176 and was the home to Egypt's rulers for about 700 years.
Mohammed Ali demolished much of the early buildings and had them rebuilt to his specifications. Mohammed Ali (also known as Mehmet Ali), a commander in the Albanian army, dislodged the French from Egypt in 1801. Mohammed Ali founded a dynasty that ruled until the overthrow of King Faruq in 1952.
The Mosque of Mohammed Ali was built from 1830-48. Some of the exterior stones came from the Great Pyramids. An unusual feature inside the mosque is the presence of the tomb of Mohammed Ali which is contrary to Islamic tradition.
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