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Al-Azhar Mosque Cairo

Al-Azhar Mosque

Al-Azhar mosque and the adjoining university buildings are some of the oldest in the world. Built in 970 AD, few realize that Al-Azhar had many ‘firsts’, from the distinctive black, graduating robes used around...

Ibn Tulun Mosque Cairo

Ibn Tulun Mosque

This mosque is unique, as it has not suffered from natural disasters nor significant alterations. The Ibn Tulun mosque is named after Ahmad Ibn Tulun, who became the governor of Egypt in the 9th...

Glassmakers Egypt

The Glassmakers of Egypt

Glassmakers may be a dying breed, yet far from being extinct. They nevertheless remind us that the Egypt of today isn’t just pyramids and sand. For the most part, glassmakers, and glassmaking generally, has...

Stepped Pyramid at Saqqara

Egypt’s first and oldest pyramid is that of pharaoh Djoser, designed by the renown architect, high-priest and physician, Imhotep. The stepped pyramid is enclosed in a funerary complex that doubled as a place for...

Amr Ibn Al-As Mosque

As the first mosque in Africa, the Amr Ibn Al-As mosque is the symbolic start of the forced conversion of predominantly Christian North Africa to Islam. Although it might be difficult to judge this...