Salah El-Din Citadel in Cairo


Salah El Din Citadel

Salah El Din Citadel is one of the main Cairo landmarks which attract large number to tourists, over years this citadel pass through plenty of events and circumstances. It is located on a spur of limestone that had been detached from its parent Mokattam Hills by quarrying, Built by Saladin El Ayoubi, the famous king and army leader and the founder of the Ayyubid Dynasty, during the end of the 12th century.

Salah El Din Citadel is one of the world’s greatest monuments to medieval warfare. Resembling a typical early medieval fortress, The citadel was used as the seat of the king and his government in Egypt for many centuries and many dynasties including the Ayyubids, the Mamluks, and even some Ottomans ruled over Egypt from the Citadel.

Salah El Din gave orders to the citadel as a secure seat of government, Gaze upon the amazement of its large gateways, stare at the towers and high defending walls, The construction work of the citadel of Saladin in Cairo has started in 1176 during the reign of Saladin. However, it was completed in 1182 during the ruling period of Al Malek El Kamel, who governed Egypt after Saladin and was the first king to live in the citadel.

When you visit the citadel of Salah El Din don’t miss the chance to explore the fascinating finds of the impressive Mohamed Ali Mosque, then embrace the ravishing of military museum, and then head out to visit the impressive Gawhara Palace which named after Gawhara Hanem, Mohamed Ali's last wife.