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El-Hussein Mosque El-Hussein Mosque
Photo by Raymon Kondos
© 2009 Your Egypt

The mosque was first built in 1154 as a shrine for Al-Hussein, the Prophet's grandson.
Though Al-Hussein was killed in a battle over caliphateWhat does it mean? claims almost 5 centuries earlier, his head was reportedly brought to Cairo during the Fatimid rule and this mosque was built for it. (See Image 1)

   
Image 1
The mosque was subject to many changes and there seems to be a little left from the original building as subsequent dynasties altered and raised the mosque.

The mosque has a big value to Moslems and services regularly take place in it, so visitors are expected to dress modestly and ask for the help of anyone inside.

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