About the Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah Mosque
The Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah Mosque is one of Cairo’s most important Islamic religious sites and can be found on the east side of Muizz Street, just south of Bab Al-Futuh (the northern gate). The mosque is named after Imam Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah (985–1021).
The most spectacular feature of the Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah Mosque are the minarets on either side of the facade, reminiscent of the propylene to a pharaonic temple.
Today, the mosque is a tourist destination as well as a place of worship. Many Egyptians come to the Al-Hakim Mosque to feed pigeons and enjoy the calm and peacefulness of this holy place.
The history of the Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah Mosque
The Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah Mosque was built in 990 by Fatimid Caliph al-'Aziz and was completed by his son al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah and his overseer Abu Muhammad al-Hafiz 'Abd al-Ghani ibn Sa'id al-Misri in 1013.
Built with brick and stone, Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah Mosque has an irregular rectangular shape, which comprises of rectangular courtyards surrounded by arcades and supported by piers. It also boasts a prayer hall which is also supported by piers.
The front facade of the Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah Mosque was given a central projecting monumental portal and the two corner minarets, which are both differently shaped and decorated, were enclosed in square stone structures during the reign of al-Hakim in 1002-3.
Getting to the Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah Mosque from the Le Riad Hotel de Charme
The Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah Mosque is situated approximately 300 metres from the hotel, which is approximately about a 4 minute walk. By car, it’s two minutes shorter to get to the Mosque, depending on traffic congestion. For directions, please use the map below.