The Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi Mosque is the most historic and most beautiful mosque in Alexandria. It was built primarily in 1775 over the tomb of a Spanish scholar and saint, Abu El Abbas El Mursi (1219-86), and stands on Mosque Square overlooking the eastern harbor.
Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi (whose full name is much longer) was born to a wealthy family in the Andalusia region of Spain in 1219. In the wake of increasing Christian control of Spain, he and his family left for Tunisia in 1242. He later went on to Alexandria, a popular destination of many Muslim scholars at the time.
Abu al-Abbas lived in Alexandria for 43 years as a scholar and teacher until his death in 1286. He was buried in a small building near the eastern harbor in Alexandria.
In 1307, El Sheikh Zein El Din Ibn El Qattan, one of the richest traders of Alexandria, visited the tomb. He funded a mausoleum and dome for the tomb, along with a small mosque. The tomb of Abu al-Abbas became a place of pilgrimage for many Muslims from Egypt and Morocco who passed through Alexandria on their way to and from Mecca.
The mosque was periodically restored over the centuries by rulers who built themselves tombs next to the saint. Most of the present structure dates from 1775, when the Algerian Sheikh Abu el Hassan El Maghreby built a much larger mosque on the site. It was fully renovated in 1863, and an annual festival was established to celebrate the birth of Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi.
The mosque was again beautified in 1943 under King Farouq I (r.1937-1952), who built the Midan el Masaged, or "Mosque Square." The square covers some 43,200 square meters and includes five other mosques centered around the Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi Mosque. The mosque was renovated in the Arabian style that was popular when the saint came to Alexandria in the 13th century, at a total cost of about 140,000 LE.
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npecanhuk (75422) 2010-08-28 4:13
Mosques are usually magnificent architectural examples!
That one is certainly wonderful and your picture is very beautiful too!
Sharpness, exposure, pov, colors, pp, contrasts and composition are all excellent!
TFS - congrats!
rodgerg (55767) 2010-08-28 4:16
Ciao Caro Luciano,
Ottima vista di questa molto bella mosque, una ricca archittetura con i detagli ben capati. Buona profundità con il primo plano. Nel questo primo plano gredisco sopratutto le personne che danno una tamosfera di vità alla composizione ed nache una idea della scala del edificio.
Ti auguro una buona fine di settimana,
PaulVDV (29017) 2010-08-28 4:28
A great view upwards to this mosque with good inclusion of the visitors on the foreground.
The picture shows well the splendid architecture and its many decorations.
The trees and the sky ensure diversity in the colours on this pic of the famous building.
Best regards, Paul
snunney (98944) 2010-08-28 4:37
A good capture of this magnificent mosque. The architectural detail is very well rendered under a good light and I like the upwards point of view and the lively atmosphere.
Silvio1953 (143049) 2010-08-28 4:51
Ciao Luciano, gran bel POFV sulla splendida moschea, bella composizione piena di vita, splendidi colori e ottimo lavoro in PP, bravo, buon week end, ciao Silvio
Sergiom (79557) 2010-08-28 6:13
Quelle impressionnant mosquée. La contre plongée lui donne une grande magesté. Les couleurs sont exceptionnelles ainsi que la lumière. Les taches de couleurs des passants illuminent.
Didi (60588) 2010-08-28 7:47
I give a sincere critic, I have note same advice comparing to other critics.
I note there is excessive colours
The left minaret is touching the frame.
Not enough Image definition, it's possible to post close to 300 Ko
I suggest you for a similar case to take a wider position.
mkamionka (36711) 2010-08-28 12:41
I am so glad that you made this trip: I was wondering what Alexandria may be like and I did not see decent photos yet. This mosque is fantastic. Architecture so elaborate and unique. Your reportage is very encouraging to visit this city.
I don't know if I may have missed the info somewhere but was it an independent trip?
Clementi (52514) 2010-08-28 12:54
ci sono tanti pasticci in questa foto che mi vien voglia di toglierti dalla lista dei discepoli......
scherzo ovviamente, ma questa non era adatta per il tipo di pp che hai fatto,lavorare in controluce e voler far esalatare la facciata è un lavoro molto arduo, oltretutto il cielo a sinistra è andato in palla come i colori troppo saturi.
sai che mi piace essere sincero percio' ti do mezza faccina per pareggiare il conto.
paololg (31448) 2010-08-28 14:05
Ciao caro Luciano,
forse hai tirato un pò troppo i colori in primo piano, in una foto con quanche problema di luce. La luce viene da destra, per cui è ovvio che in quella parte il cielo sia fortemente illuminato, quasi bianco. In certi casi meglio lasciarlo naturale. Per il resto la foto si distingue per la perfetta nitidezza e definizione dei dettagli di questa moschea, un vero capolavoro architettonico. In ogni caso la composizione è piacevole, con le persone che animano bene la scena.
Ciao, buona domenica!
Budapestman (82620) 2010-08-28 14:10
a very spectacular photo of this imposing mosque, the composition is effective, beautiful details and the lights are special, a superb architectural discovery, Tfs! Have a nice weekend! Kellemes hétvégét kívánok!
siamesa (28121) 2010-08-28 14:30
Boa noite Luciano
An impressive photo of this mosque. It's really wonderful and your capture show it very well. Simply perfect.
Have a wonderful Sunday
chris04stop (6805) 2010-08-28 15:48
Non ti curar di lor, ma guarda e passa (Dante Alighieri). Trad: non badare ai criticoni, la foto é valida.
macondo (19516) 2010-08-28 20:35
The photo is of a spectacular building, and the shot looks very striking in thumbnail form. However, I think there's far too much saturation in the lower area, and some strange darkening on the upper left part of the photo, including the left dome of the structure. I believe this photo would look much better with less processing. Also, maybe step back a little so you can include the people's feet! But thanks for the photo and information about this astounding mosque.
stevesaba (8163) 2010-08-28 20:56
A beautiful architectural shot. I love the warm yellow light. And the clarity of focus is wonderful. And what a gorgeous structure, rivaling the Taj Mahal perhaps? A fine representation of this amazing Mosque. Regards,
emka (97533) 2010-08-28 23:33
Well saturated colours, so vivid, above all the green :). I like mosques and this one is very interesting. Great view from below on the magnificent elaborate entrance and high minaret. I forgot everything - I cannot read what is written :(.
Have a nice day
Royaldevon (38776) 2010-08-29 0:36
Good Morning Luciano,
The minute that I saw this, I realised what a difficult photgraphic task you had had. The building is so tall, but if you go too far back, you lose some of the definition but can accommodate the people; if you go closer, you lose the top of the structure and crop the many people, but the definition of the building is improved. Perhaps it is better to concentrate on one detailed area.
Also, the colours seem a little too saturated.
Oh, I am sorry, my friend, I seem hyper critical, but it is of this shot, not of you.
The building is beautiful, with some fine details and you have captured the busy atmosphere of the scene.
Have a good Sunday,
Nicou (142012) 2010-08-29 0:44
merveilleux captage et compo, quelle fuyance sur ce mosquée avec le contraste dz minaret et le coupoles rondes, quel docuuer sur cette facade fantastique, superbe.
bravo et amitié
mikolaj_kawa (0) 2010-08-29 1:16
Ciao Luciano! Marvelous architecture. Excellent information. Superb weather, fantastic colours, good saturation. Very good capture and frame. Well done!
jurek1951 (42196) 2010-08-29 1:17
Really very nice your architecture photos this one is very sharp and very well composed.The lighting is fantastic.
TopGeo (38216) 2010-08-29 1:25
Ciao Luciano! It is a beautiful picture they gave in a dynamics with the details of Mosques! Excellent contrast and presentation, good colors and sharpness. Marvellous lighting a success I recognize also the interesting note! I like this point of place of capture
polpo56 (15136) 2010-08-29 2:33
c'è qualche zona di ipersaturazione del colore giustificabile con la necessità di far emergere gli altri colori che, a causa del controluce, sarebbero rimasti troppo morbidi. La composizione, che include parte dell'ambiente circostante, rende bene l'idea del posto.
ymrk (15079) 2010-08-29 3:13
WOW,certainly most spectecular architecture i've never seen in there!I've been admired the soft colors with light on the build!
By the way,I'm sorry on behalf of you :) Have you ever tried in Manual mode on your camera?
agjika (3177) 2010-08-29 3:37
A very good photo of this monumental edifice. I love the colours and detail of architecture. Also fantasti light.
Bluejeans (64251) 2010-08-29 7:23
Ola Luciano ,
Esta tua foto esta uma beleza , uma bonita foto frontal desta mesquita em Alexandria , os detalhes de arquitectura são lindos,um belo lugar a conhecer, boas cores e luz, parabéns!!
Um abraço Gonçalo
kordinator (20519) 2010-08-29 8:23
Spectacular capture of this imposing mosque.
The picture shows well the splendid architecture and its many decorations.
Perfect light managment and point of view.
Sharpness, exposure, pov, colors, contrasts and composition are all excellent.
You really impressed me with this work.
giorgimer (34941) 2010-08-29 15:14
bellissima architettura, ottimo scatto ricco di dettagli
Mari63 (4085) 2010-08-30 12:20
Ciao Luciano, hai lavorato in hdr? So cosa è ma non so lavorarci perciò te lo chiedo. Interessante il minareto sono evidenti i particolari della struttura. la luce, difficile, è stata gestita al meglio. Ciao Marilena
mvdisco (17794) 2010-08-30 16:42
Ciao Luciano, Bonsoir,
WoW! Quelle magnifique Mosque!!
Superbes couleurs et impressionnante architecture,
Excellent point de vue et détails,
de toute beauté..et jolie présentation,
AiresSantos (56155) 2010-08-31 0:16
Excellent picture with great colors
I like a lot your POV and light management
Very good work
Have a nice day
patdeph (35748) 2010-09-03 4:33
les couleurs et la lumière sont vraiment fantastiques,la mosquée en apparait presque translucide,ce qui lui donne un côté merveilleux en plus de sa très belle architecture!Les personnages ajoutent de superbes toches de couleurs.Magnifiques!
serp2000 (44177) 2010-09-13 20:11
Superb! I have plan to visit this beautiful Egypt city in november with my friends from Hurghada.
Fine composition, nice colours and good sharpness.
Have a nice day!