Mosque of Amr Ibn Al-Aas

Amr Ibn Al-Aas Mosque was the earliest building in Egypt, was constructed in

641 A.D by Commander Amr Ibn Alas, and it was the first mosque to ever be

built in the whole of Africa. The mosque was built on the location of his

tent because a dove nested on his tent and laid an egg, so he took the.

dove nest like a good omen of God’s will and this site became the capital of Islamic

Egypt. The mosque had a modest structure, as it was built using palm leaves and

trunks and mud bricks, it’s really hard to know the original appearance of the first

building as it was destroyed and rebuilt in the 7th century.

Amr Ibn Al-Aas Mosque Construction

In 640 A.D, The Muslim army led by general Amr Ibn Al Aas able to capture

Alexandria (The capital of Egypt during the Greco-Roman Period) and move to

modern-day Cairo in order to attack the powerful fort of Babylon along the Nile.

The mosque built in the place of Amr Ibn Alas’s tent in the city of Fustat.

(Arabic word of the tent) which became the capital of Muslim Egypt.

Amr Ibn Al-Aas Mosque rebuilt so many times over the years, as in 827 A.D,

the mosque rebuilt, doubled in size, and arcades of columns erected.

in 1172 the city of Fustat burned by the crusaders and restored by the Great

Mosque of Amr Ibn Al-Aas

Empire Saladin. After years of decay because of the coming of Napoleon

Bonaparte’s troops to Cairo in 1798, the last renovation to the mosque was

in 1875. The mosque is able to incorporate elements of Greek and Roman architecture.

and holds 150 white marble columns, three minarets designed in a very simple

manner also has an open court surrounded by four Riwaqs, the largest being the Qiblah Riwaq.