I am going to visit some mosques. What is the most comfortable time to visit them? I would like to avoid any confusing situation (I mean I don’t want to disturb the Muslims when they are praying).
The Citadel is a good place to begin your mosque tour. There are three very different mosques up there, and all of them are very tourist friendly. (no head covering required for women) If you are showing legs or too much arm they will give you a green cape to wear to cover up.
From there the two large mosqes at the foot of the hill below the Citadel (Sultan Hassan and ar-Rifai) are also set up for tourists, as is the Blue Mosque and the Ibn Taloon Mosque.
The only ones I've been into recently that did require some sort of head covering (and Expat, you must have been in these at some time....maybe they have changed their policy, or I just look like a woman that needs covering...LOL) are the Al Ahzar mosque and the Amr Ibn al-As mosque in Fustat. These are both good mosques and the men that wait to give tours to foreigners are pretty good in these (Said at the Amr Ibn al-As was EXCELLENT), but they do insist on your head being covered. They gave me the green cape in both cases to wear, but next time I'd prefer to have my own scarf. You can wear a scarf around your waist or shoulders most of the day and just use it on your head at the mosque.
I am sorry I didn't mention I am not a muslim and I am going to visit mosques as a tourist. Nevertheless thank you very much for your information. I will take a little scarf per Debbie's advice. Usually I respect the places I am visiting and "act decent". Is it allowed to take photos there? I mean Citadel.
Thank you ExptinCAI and Debbie!
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You can vist at any time from morning till 11 am, from 1 to 2 pm, from 4 to 5 pm, and after 8:30 pm. These are times you will not find many muslims prying in the mosque Posts: 23 | From: Cairo, Egypt | Registered: Oct 2003
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Yes, all 3 mosques at the Citadel allow photos. The only place at the Citadel that has a No Photo policy is at some of the museums. The Carriage museum says NO PHOTOS and the Military Museum will sell you a camera ticket for 1 LE.