Sultan Hassan Mosque


Off the square of Saladin are the Mameluke mosque and madrassa of sultan Hassan. Nearby is also the equally impressive Rifa’i mosque within which rest Egypt’s Kings and the last Shah of Iran. The tall interiors, lit by hundreds of small lanterns are filled with stunning filigree work and stone mosaics.

Sultan Hassan Mosque
This mosque represents the zenith of Mameluke religious architecture. It’s distinctive minaret towers, domes and tall enclosed spaces can be easily distinguished from the ramparts of the Citadel. Its austere exterior hides superb decorations within. With incredible detail and variety in the stone work, high ceilings, and an atmosphere lifted right out of “One thousand and one nights” it is located minutes from the Citadel of Saladin and should not be missed.

Al-Rifa’i Mosque
Right next to its Mameluke-era counterpart, this mosque, built over 43 years, serves not only as a place of prayer but also as the final resting place of Egyptian royalty and the last Shah of Iran. The mosque’s massive pillars, high ceilings, and intricately carved window grills and doors are on-par with the Moorish mosques and palaces of Southern Spain.

The Royal Tombs
Al-Rifa’i is also well known for its many important royal tombs. During the time of monarchy in Egypt, the mosque served as a mausoleum to the Mohamed Ali dynasty, including Kings Fuad and Farouk. More recently, however, the mosque has also become the resting place of Mohamed Reza Shah Pahlavi, the deposed Shah of Iran.

  • Admission rates are in Egyptian pounds (EGP). Foreign currencies are not accepted by site authorities.
  • Tickets can only be purchased with cash. Cheques, debit and credit cards are not accepted.
  • Tickets facilitate access to the Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan and the Rifa’i Mosque.
  • Hassan M.  25 EGP
 ISIC Student Card
  • Discount40% 

  • Approx. (MIN)35 
  • S. Hassan Msq.
  • Al-Rifa’i Msq.
  • Shah of Iran Tomb
  • Cover Knees
  • Decline Guides
  • Shade Available
  • Leisurely walkabout
  • Close to the Citadel
  • Driver will park/wait

Looking for a complete list of Admission Rates?

Jan Zak

Jan Zak

A dual EU-Canadian citizen with roots in Wroclaw, Poland, Jan is responsible for communication and social media. He is an avid sports enthusiast, with a keen love for professional road cycling and world travel. Based out of Toronto, Canada, he is involved in several youth-oriented charities, and referees soccer part-time.


Join the conversation

Loading Facebook Comments ...
Loading Disqus Comments ...