Amr Ibn El-Aas Mosque Courtyard

Amr Ibn El-Aas mosque courtyard in Cairo in Egypt stockphoto by john rocha


Amr Ibn El-Aas mosque courtyard in Cairo in Egypt.


The Mosque of Amr ibn al-Aas also called the Mosque of Amr, Crown of Mosques and the Mosque of Banners was created in AD 642, in the centre of the newly-founded capital of Egypt.

The original structure was the first mosque ever built in Egypt, and by extension, the first mosque on the continent of Africa.

The location for the mosque was the site of the tent of the commander of the conquering army, general Amr ibn al-As.

One corner of the mosque contains the tomb of his son, Abdullah.

Due to extensive reconstruction over the centuries, nothing of the original building remains, but the rebuilt Mosque is a prominent landmark, and can be seen in what today is known as “Old Cairo”.

It is an active mosque with a devout congregation, and when prayers are not taking place, it is also open to visitors and tourists

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Photo Comments:

Egypt is a magical land in many ways and I found it full of photographic highlights.

One point to make is that it’s important to repect the Islamic religion which is followed by many of the people.

That said I found Egypt a photo friendly country with friendly citizens and no harassment from the police or officials.

As the first mosque in Africa the Amr El-Aas mosque is an iconic building.

The mosque courtyard is impressive but in order to capture the main area I decided on a wide angle view and used my Sigma wide zoom which is pretty sharp in the corners if stopped down.

Although the mosque courtyard floor is paved with tiles which give detail I decided to include the red carpet for extra foreground interest.

The bright light meant that I was able to shoot hand held with both a fast shutter speed and a small aperture helping me to get a sharp image with maximum depth of field.

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