The great Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha or Alabaster Mosque is a mosque situated in the Citadel of Cairo in Egypt and commissioned by Muhammad Ali Pasha between 1830 and 1848.
Situated on the summit of the citadel, this Ottoman mosque, the largest to be built in the first half of the 19th century, is, with its animated silhouette and twin minarets, the most visible mosque in Cairo and can be seen entering the city from all sides. The mosque was built in memory of Tusun Pasha, Muhammad Ali's oldest son, who died in 1816.
The mosque was built on the site of old Mamluk buildings in Cairo's Citadel between 1830 and 1848, although not completed until the reign of Said Pasha in 1857. The architect was Yusuf Bushnak from Istanbul and its model was the Yeni Mosque[ in that city. The ground on which the mosque was erected was built with debris from the earlier buildings of the Citadel.
Before completion of the mosque, the alabastered panels from the upper walls were taken away and used for the palaces of Abbas I. The stripped walls were clad with wood painted to look like marble. In 1899 the mosque showed signs of cracking and some inadequate repairs were undertaken. But the condition of the mosque became so dangerous that a complete scheme of restoration was ordered by King Fuad in 1931 and was finally completed under King Farouk in 1939.
Muhammad Ali Pasha was buried in a tomb carved from Carrara marble, in the courtyard of the mosque. His body was transferred here from Hawsh al-Basha in 1857.
The above was taken from an article on Wikipedea.
The picture was originally taken on Agfachrome slide film on my first trip to Cairo in June 1981 and since converted to digital. Apologies for any shortcomings in technical quality and the lack of sharpness.
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lousat (57594) 2013-01-30 1:14
Hi Steph,another great memory from the Cairo mosque,the colors are a bit cold but i like the composition and the interesting perspective,an historic pic,very old an very nice.Have a nice day and thanks,Luciano
jhm (122366) 2013-01-30 5:20
Almost 32 year old picture but made out of a scanned image.
This is almost not to see, through this nice subject.
Perspective and depth are very nice.
Composition an presentation are nice taken.
Thanks for sharing.
Have a nice day,
Sergiom (39148) 2013-01-30 5:49
Un scan réussi même si les couleurs sont quelque peu altérées par le temps. La mosquée est magnifique et ce cadrage lui rend hommage.
tedesse (22096) 2013-01-30 6:02
Beautifully scanned image of this beautiful mosque.
Nicely framed picture, beautiful colors.
I cordially greet
timecapturer (30256) 2013-01-30 6:17
would not believe this image is nearly 32 years old, the transition into digital is perfect. The detailing and atmosphere of this place are just wonderful. Beautifully managed light and a fascinating image.
Regards - Brian.
Fis2 (73056) 2013-01-30 6:19
Good frame an very curious colors.
Very impressive picture.
Nicou (97583) 2013-01-30 6:22
c'est vraiment une merveille cette mosquée superbe quelle architecture quel cadrage et image avec ces beaux détails, une splendeur superbe.
bravo et amitié
ikeharel (37254) 2013-01-30 8:09
Thanks Stephen for showing this place, I do not think ever I will take a tour there, politics you recon.
Heared about, and this old picture, show it's magnificent grandeur.
Well scanned old stuff.
amaryllis (30149) 2013-01-30 8:36
une photo avec un cadrage excellent de cette belle architecture de cette mosquée, avec les arcades en arrière plan; un beau ciel bleu et d'où une belle lumière et tes photos scanérisées sont bien réussies après coup
Silvio1953 (98051) 2013-01-30 12:15
Ciao Stephen, an other great view of this fascinating architecture, lovely composition with beautiful symmetry, splendid light and wonderful colors, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio
jlbrthnn (79773) 2013-01-30 14:30
Les couleurs austères sont harmonieuses. L'architecture est bien décrite. la photo est de bonne qualité. Bravo.
pierrefonds (48321) 2013-01-30 15:59
The point of view is showing the details and colors of the architecture of this section of the mosque. It is clear and sharp. The light has a good effect on the colors. Have a nice day.
delpeoples (44904) 2013-01-30 23:19
Salut cher Stephen
An oldie but a goodie. In fact, the quality of the slide/scan is impeccable. I can imagine you'd spent a fair while on the Photoshop cleaning this up. I think there's a bit of chromatic distortion, due to the age, but I quite like it. A beautiful subject and I love the way it dominates the frame like this.
Thanks for sharing, have a lovely day
dkmurphys (36737) 2013-02-02 9:38
A investing POV together with an even more interesting note. Well composed scene, I like the impressive place.
Enjoy the evening.
Didi (48882) 2013-02-10 9:38
Nice view of my birth country
Interesting scan and good point of view