About Al Azhar Mosque

In Arabic, the name Al-Azhar means “Mosque of the Most Resplendent”. The mosque justifies its sobriquet. The mosque is almost as old as Cairo itself and hence is a significant landmark to visit. It was built by Fatimid Caliph al-Mu’izz. This is a place of Islamic learning and is synonymous with al-Azhar University. Few visitors find the resemblance of the mosque's architectural design with that of Mecca.

Must See

The tomb chamber, The hypostyle prayer hall, The minaret above the Mosque, Ghuri minaret, minaret of Qaytbay, gate of the barbers. 

How to reach

It is around 14.5 kms from the city center and it would be better to go by taxi.


  • Do not carry food inside the mosque.
  • Be respectful at all times within the mosque.
  • Should wear clothes that cover arms and legs, and a scarf or veil over the hair.
  • Leave your shoes before entering.
  • Go to the rooftop and have a look.

Visit Time

Sunday: Open 24 hours
Monday: Open 24 hours
Tuesday: Open 24 hours
Wednesday: Open 24 hours
Thursday: Open 24 hours
Friday: Open 24 hours
Saturday: Open 24 hours

Note: Preferred time to visit the mosque is from 7:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

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Time you can spend

1 hour


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