Ablutions Fountain in the Courtyard of the Alabaster Mosque
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The Alabaster Mosque,also known as the Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha in the Citadel in Cairo was among the last places on my itinerary in Egypt. The opulent and exotic ottoman architecture was quite unforgettable. So, this stop definitely fell into that 'last but not least' category.
The Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha was built in the mid 19th century to honor the memory of late son of Muhammad Ali Pasha, then ruler of Egypt. What an amazing memorial, eh?
The Ablutions Fountain in the courtyard was the first moment that I really realized that the decorations of this place were on the baroque end of the architectural scale. There was something about the style that quite reminded me of a pagoda.
The scale of everything at the Alabaster Mosque was of the larger than life variety. I still remember feeling quite small in that elaborate courtyard and smaller still once I went inside. I love grand architecture!
February 19th, 2013
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