Mosque of Amr ibn al-As
About Mosque of Amr ibn al-As
No Egyptian mosque is older than Mosque of Amr ibn al-As, having started as palm trunks thatched with leaves. The structure was an idea conceived in AD 642 by the general who won Egypt for Islam. In AD 827 however, there was a significant extension, and this has continued since then. Recently, a wooden roof was installed to portray what the initial structure looked like.
There are different sections of the mosque, with the oldest situated to the right of the sanctuary. The other sections are made up of a forest land divided into 200 distinct columns. Asides this ancient forest, which is a good place to rest, not much is left to behold in the mosque.
You can access the mosque by heading north on Sharia Mary Girgis, right after the Coptic compound, and after Souq al-Fustat, you will find yourself in a covered market with quality craft shops plus a café.
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Updated On March 22, 2020