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A Cairo view taken from the Citadel. I didn't know it at the time, but the mosque seen on the picture is the Sultan Hassan Mosque.

"This mosque is considered one of the largest, not only in Cairo but in the whole Islamic world. It is a massive structure measuring some 150 meters long and 36 meters high. It's tallest minaret is 68 meters tall. It was meant to house some four hundred students. Work was begun on the Mosque in 1356, funded by rather dark resources, money from the estates of people who died in the Black Death that struck Cairo in 1348. It was not a very popular policy amongst the people of the time, and is one of the reasons that Sultan Hassan gained a reputation for being greedy. Under the supervision of Price Hohammad Ibn Baylik Al Muhssani, its construction cost an average of 20,000 dirham every day for some five years, a sum that would be considered a lot even today."

http://www.touregypt.net/featurestories/hassanmosque.htm

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