Sultan Hassan Mosque
Cairo • Egypt

From: Cairo Travel Guide

See also: Hanging ChurchCitadelCoptic Museum


Sultan Hassan Mosque, Cairo, Egypt
This enormous Mosque is one of the largest Mosques in the world was built by Sultan Hassan between 1356 to 1363 and was used as a Mosque, religious school and as a Mausoleum.

The Mosque was designed so that each of the four schools of religious law or Fiqh, within Sunni Islam or Sunnism would have their own separate area inside the Mosque, the four schools are called Hanbali, Hanafi, Maliki and Shafi'i.

Sultan Hassan was unfortunately assassinated and his body was never recovered, and so inside his incredibly detailed Mausoleum you will find his two sons tombs instead.

Tragedy also occurred during the building of this magnificent Mosque when one of the Minarets collapsed and killed around 300 people. Damage has also occurred to the Dome which covers the Mausoleum but this has been carefully restored.

Attraction Location Guide
The Sultan Hassan Mosque sits in front of the Citadel in Cairo and is approximately 5 kilometers away from Cairo's City centre.