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Cittadella di Saladino (Al-Qalaa)

Military Fortification Cairo, Egypt

Enjoy the wonderful view from the Western Terraces Cittadella di Saladino (Al-Qalaa)

Founded originally in 1176 by the Muslim leader Saladin, who built the walls and powerful towers with stone blocks taken from the Pyramids of Giza, the fortress was the seat of power for 700 years. The heads of state of Egypt moved away from the medieval quarters around 1875, choosing as their home the newly built Abdin Palace, but the citadel retained its military role until the 1970s. Although the army still retains parts of the complex with restricted access, most of the structure is open to the public and it is possible to spend half a day visiting mosques, museums and other monuments enclosed within the walls.

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      Monday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
      Tuesday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
      Wednesday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
      Thursday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
      Friday: 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM
      Saturday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM
      Sunday: 8:00 AM – 4:00 PM

    Al Abageyah, Qism El-Khalifa, Cairo Governorate, Egypt

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