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The mosques of Cairo are four hundred or so, and almost all are interesting. Two hundred and fifty of them have minarets, others have domes. Fifty mosques at least are remarkable for the richness of their architecture. The three most important are: Tulun mosque, the Sultan Hassan, and that of Al-Azhar.
A more recent mosque, built by-Mehemet Ali, dominates the citadel, and therefore the whole city. By far, its two slender minarets and high are the happiest. From nearby, the disillusionment comes quickly. Despite the wealth of alabaster employee, this construction has no originality and is a copy of a vulgar edifice of Istanbul, which détonne amid the ramparts brash Saladin.

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