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The MOSQUE OF AL-HAKIM (Arabic : مسجد الحاكم بأمر الله‎, translit. _Masjid al-Ḥākim bi Amr Allāh_‎), nicknamed AL-ANWAR (Arabic : الانور‎, lit. 'the Illuminated'‎), is a major Islamic religious site in Cairo
Cairo
, Egypt . It is named after Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah (985–1021), the sixth Fatimid
Fatimid
caliph and 16th Ismaili Imam.

The mosque was originally built as an enclosure by the Fatimid
Fatimid
vizier Gawhar Al-Siqilli (c. 928–992), but was incorporated into the extended fortifications built by Badr al-Jamali . It consists of an irregular rectangle with four arcades surrounding the courtyard. An unusual feature is the monumental entrance with its projecting stone porch. It is located in "Islamic Cairo
Cairo
", on the east side of Muizz Street , just south of Bab Al-Futuh (the northern gate).

CONTENTS

* 1 The minarets * 2 Post- Fatimid
Fatimid
era * 3 Today * 4 Gallery * 5 See also * 6 References

THE MINARETS

One of the minarets

The most spectacular feature of the mosque are the minarets on either side of the facade, reminiscent of the propylon to a pharaonic temple.

Originally the two minarets stood independent of the brick walls at the corners. These are the earliest surviving minarets in the city and they have been restored at various times during their history. The massive salients were added in 1010 to strengthen their structure, and the northern minaret was incorporated into the city wall. Inside, these strange structures are hollow, for they have been built around the original minarets, which are connected with brackets and can still be seen from the minaret above.

POST-FATIMID ERA

At various times, the mosque was used as a prison for captured Franks(i.e. Latin crusaders) during the Crusades
Crusades
, as a stable by Saladin
Saladin
, as a fortress by Napoleon
Napoleon
, and as a local school. As a result of this the mosque had fallen out of use.

In 1980 ACE/1401 AH, the mosque was extensively refurbished in white marble and gold trim by Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin the head of the Dawoodi Bohra , an international Ismaili sect based in India. Remnants of the original decorations, including stucco carvings, timber tie-beams, and Quranic inscriptions were restored as part of the renovations.

TODAY

Today the mosque is a place of worship. Its unique minarets attracts local and foreign tourists. Al-Hakim Mosque
Mosque
is now a place for Egyptians to feed pigeons and enjoy the calm and peacefulness of the mosque.

GALLERY

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Courtyard fountain *

Main _mihrab_ *

Entrance gate *

encryption over entrance *

courtyard a overall view *

qibla *

chandelier near qibla

SEE ALSO

_ Wikimedia Commons has media related to CATEGORY:AL-HAKIM MOSQUE _.

* List of mosques in Cairo
Cairo

REFERENCES

* ^ Behrens-Abouseif, Doris (1989). "The mosque of Caliph al-Ḥākim bi Amr Allāh (990–1003)". _Islamic Architecture in Cairo: An Introduction_. BRILL. pp. 63–65. ISBN 90-04-09626-4 .

* v * t * e

Mosques in Egypt
Egypt

ALEXANDRIA

* Abu al-Abbas al-Mursi Mosque
Mosque

Cairo
Cairo
and Greater Cairo
Cairo

* Abu al-\'Ila Mosque
Mosque
* Al-Ashraf Mosque
Mosque
* Al-Azhar Mosque
Mosque
* Al-Burdayni Mosque
Mosque
* Al-Hakim Mosque * Al-Hussein Mosque
Mosque
* Al-Nasir Muhammad Mosque
Mosque
* Al-Rifa\'i Mosque
Mosque
* Al-Salih Tala\'i Mosque
Mosque
* Al-Sayeda Nafeesah Mosque
Mosque
* Al-Sayeda Zainab Mosque
Mosque
* Mosque
Mosque
of Amr ibn al-As * Aqmar Mosque
Mosque
* Aqsunqur Mosque
Mosque
* Demerdash Mosque
Mosque
* Ibn Tulun Mosque
Mosque
* Jami al-Qarafa Mosque
Mosque
* Juyushi Mosque
Mosque
* Khayrbak Mosque
Mosque
* Lulua Mosque
Mosque
* Mosque
Mosque
of Amir al-Sayf Sarghatmish * Mosque
Mosque
and Khanqah of Shaykhu * Mosque
Mosque
of Abu Dahab * Mosque
Mosque
of al-Zahir Baybars * Mosque
Mosque
of Amir al-Maridani‎ * Mosque
Mosque
of Khushqadam El-Ahmadi * Mosque
Mosque
of Muhammad Ali * Mosque
Mosque
of Qani-Bay * Mosque
Mosque
of Qanibay al-Muhammadi * Mosque
Mosque
of Sultan al-Muayyad‎ * Mosque
Mosque
of Sultan Barquq * Mosque
Mosque
of Taghribirdi‎ * Mosque-Sabil of Sulayman Agha al-Silahdar * Qalawun Mosque
Mosque
* Qaytbay Mosque‎ * Rabaa Al-Adawiya Mosque
Mosque
* Salar and Sangar al-Gawali Mosque
Mosque
* Sayeda Aisha Mosque‎ * Sulayman Pasha Mosque
Mosque
* Sultan Al-Ghuri Complex * Sultan Hassan Mosque
Mosque

OTHER PLACES

* Abu Haggag Mosque
Mosque
* El-Tabia Mosque
Mosque
* Sidi Arif Mosque
Mosque

* Category
Category
* Islam
Islam
in Egypt
Egypt
* List of mosques in Cairo
Cairo
* List of mosques in Egypt
Egypt
* Mosques by country

* v * t * e

Islamic Cairo
Cairo

NORTHERN PART

GATES

* Bab al-Futuh * Bāb al-Naşr * Bab Zuweila

MAIN STREETS

* Muizz Street * Qasabah Street * Share\'a el Khayamiya (Tentmakers\' Street)

MOSQUES

* Al-Ashraf Mosque
Mosque
* Al-Azhar Mosque
Mosque
* Sultan Al-Ghuri Complex * Al-Hakim Mosque * Al-Hussein Mosque
Mosque
* Al-Salih Tala\'i Mosque
Mosque
* Aqmar Mosque
Mosque
* Mosque
Mosque
of Sultan al-Muayyad * Mosque
Mosque
of Taghribirdi * Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Barquq * Mosque-Sabil of Sulayman Agha al-Silahdar * Qalawun complex

MADRASAS

* Al-Azhar University * Khanqah of Baybars II * Madrassa of Al-Nasir Muhammad * Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Barquq * Sabil-Kuttab of Katkhuda

OTHERS

* Al-Azhar Park * Bayt Al-Suhaymi * Beshtak Palace * Church of the Virgin Mary * Khan el-Khalili * Wakala al-Sultan Qaytbay

SOUTHERN PART

MAIN STREETS

* Saliba Street

MOSQUES

* Al-Nasir Muhammad Mosque
Mosque
* Al-Rifa\'i Mosque
Mosque
* Amir Khayrbak Funerary Complex * Complex of Sultan al-Ashraf Qaytbay * Juyushi Mosque
Mosque
* Lulua Mosque
Mosque
* Madrasa of Sarghatmish * Mosque
Mosque
and Khanqah of Shaykhu * Mosque
Mosque
of Amir al-Maridani * Mosque
Mosque
of Ibn Tulun * Mosque
Mosque
of Muhammad Ali * Mosque
Mosque
of Qani-Bay * Mosque
Mosque
of Qanibay al-Muhammadi * Sayeda Aisha Mosque
Mosque
* Sulayman Pasha Mosque
Mosque

MUSEUMS

* Al-Gawhara Palace * Amir Taz Palace * Carriage Museum * Egyptian National Military Museum * Gayer-Anderson Museum

OTHERS

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