Saturday, April 08, 2006
This picture shows the two largest mosques on Cairo's Midan al-Qala'a, which I wrote about here. On the left is the Mosque of ar-Rifa'i, built between 1867 and 1912 and burial site of Khedive Isma'il, King Farouk, and Iran's Shah Reza Shah Pahlavi, as well as the site of an annual Sufi moulid. On the right is the 14-century Mosque-Madrasa of Sultan Hassan. The scale is not the only thing that makes them impressive.