I am always wondering: how does a historic place preserve its meaning for a hundred or thousand years after it was built? Otherwise: how you can find a calm vintage corner to keep your peace of mind? One of my favorite spots to get these moments is Al Sultan Hassan Mosque in the middle of the old Islamic Cairo.
Every time I simply cross the main gate of the mosque, I am totally surprised by the stream of cold air which flows between the two huge buildings of Al Rifai and Sultan Hassan mosques. Inside the mosque you will notice the big square in the middle and the four corners that represent the main four ways to learn Islam.
This mosque was built between the years 1356 to 1363 with a massive structure near the citadel and it was used in the war during The Mamluk Sultanate. Many people think that the designer was Christian and studied Islamic architecture.
I have really enjoyed going there in the middle of the day for a long rest, just enjoying the tranquility and talking with my friends. I really recommend this mosque for making a quick photo session of the dome and the minarets which are more than 80 meters high.