Al Azhar Mosque

Arguably the most important mosque in Egypt, the Al Azhar was founded in AD970 during the Fatimid Dynasty. Its university is said to be one of if not the oldest in the world being established in AD988. Originally a Shia’a institution it has since Ayubbic (12th c) times been a bastion of Sunni faith. The mosque is home to the Sheikh Al-Azhar – Egypt’s supreme theological leader. The large complex can usually (but not always) be visited and reveals a fusion of different architectural sides once inside.


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