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The Alabaster Mosque

The Great Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha or the Alabaster Mosque is the largest one to be built in the first half of the 19th century. It is located in the Citadel of Cairo, Egypt and thanks to its unique construction with twin minarets, it is the most outstanding mosque in Cairo.

The construction of the mosque began in 1830, after the death of Muhammad Ali’s eldest son and was only completed in 1857 during the reign of Said Pasha. The mosque was built in imitation of the Ottoman imperial mosques of Istanbul, Turkey

In the following years, the condition of the mosque began to deteriorate and King Fuad ordered its restoration, which was finished in 1939.