Boasting remarkable views over the city, the Saladin Cairo Citadel is a must-see for charter guests enjoying a private yacht rental vacation around Egypt.
Perched atop a hill in central Cairo, the Saladin Citadel is a well-known Islamic fortification that draws in many visitors each year thanks to its outstanding beauty, remarkable history and magnificent vistas. On the clearest of days, you may even be able to see as far as the Pyramids of Giza.
A beautiful and magical place that captivates your attention from the moment you arrive. It's utterly breathtaking!
A designated UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Saladin Citadel was originally built in the 12th century to help protect against crusaders. Today, it is one of Cairo's most interesting places to visit, especially for history, art and architecture enthusiasts. The Citadel is home to three main mosques as well as three museums, including the Egyptian Military Museum, the Carriage Museum, and the Al-Gawhara Palace Museum, so there is plenty to keep everyone busy.
Inside the Citadel, you will find one of the most famous historical mosques across the globe, the Alabaster Mosque, also known as the Mosque of Muhammad Ali, built for an Egyptian ruler's son, who died young. The mosque first opened in 1848, built in a unique Ottoman architecture style at the highest point inside the Citadel, standing proudly above the city. Inside the mosque, the different rooms are intricately decorated with precise geometrical patterns of Islamic art, while outside visitors can leisurely meander through the courtyard and admire the large brass clock tower that is located here.
Roughly 15 to 25 minutes from Downtown Cairo, the Citadel of Saladin is situated in the Mokattam Hills area which is the highest point in Cairo. If you want to get to know the area along with an expert guide who'll show you the most interesting parts of the city, you can reserve a private guided tour which can be organized by your yacht charter broker.
To gain further insight into this ancient country's history, be sure to make a visit to the Saladin Cario Citadel. If you'd like to incorporate a trip here into your yacht charter itinerary, be sure to get in touch with a recommended yacht charter broker who will be able to assist you further.
Alternatively, have read our in-depth Egypt and the Red Sea yacht charter guide for more information.
Saladin Cairo Citadel