Photo: Al Hakim Mosque, one of the largest Fatimid mosques in Cairo.
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Photo: A famously eccentric caliph, Al-Hakim Bi-Amr Allah, ordered its construction in 990 AD. Towards the end of his reign, he disappeared without a trace at the age of 36. The mosque has since then been used as a warehouse and an elementary school before being reconverted into a mosque in 1980.
Photo: The sanctuary's most impressive features are its minarets, the oldest "surviving" minarets of all Cairo, and the mosque's spectacular entrance resembling a propylon which is more of an Ancient Egyptian architectural feature.
Photo: This is where "Wudu" is performed, the Islamic procedure for washing parts of the body using water in preparation for formal prayers. More info here:
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