Saladin Citadel (Qalaʿat Salāḥ ad-Dīn) Tours – Cairo, Egypt

Saladin Citadel (Qalaʿat Salāḥ ad-Dīn)
قلعة صلاح الدين

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Hours : 8:00am-5:00pm

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Saladin Citadel is one of the most popular tourist attractions in Cairo. This is a medieval Islamic fortification located near the center of Cairo where one can see mosques and museums. Even though this site was firstly only a pavilion where people could walk and enjoy the light wind. It was not before the 12th century that Salah ad-Din realized its strategic importance. He fortified this area which later on served properly in the defence against the Crusaders. Due to its importance the Citadel was used as a fortress and a royal city. The walls that Saladin built were 10m high and 3m thick. Saladin built a Well of Joseph in order to supply the Citadel with water but after some time, after the population grew and water was not sufficient for everyone, al-Nasir Muhammad was forced to build water wheels on the Nile that were used to supply the Citadel.
The Mosque of Muhammad Ali (Mohamed Ali Pasha) is also located on the citadel, as well as Al-Nasir Muhammad Qala´un Mosque and the Mosque of Suleyman Pasha.

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