Stucco work beside the main entrance of the al-Hakim Mosque - it is also called al-Anwar Mosque (The Enlightened Mosque)

Stucco work beside the main entrance of the al-Hakim Mosque - it is also called al-Anwar Mosque (The Enlightened Mosque)

Al-Hakim Mosque is located to the east of Muizz Street, just south of Bab Al-Futuh

Al-Hakim Mosque is located to the east of Muizz Street, just south of Bab Al-Futuh

This mosque is named after Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah (9851021), the sixth Fatimid caliph of Egypt

This mosque is named after Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah (9851021), the sixth Fatimid caliph of Egypt

Main entrance of the mosque - the memorial entrance with its huge size and fabulous decorations was very unique at its time

Main entrance of the mosque - the memorial entrance with its huge size and fabulous decorations was very unique at its time

The construction of this mosque started in 990 but it wasn't completed till 1013

The construction of this mosque started in 990 but it wasn't completed till 1013

Over the centuries, this mosque had been used as as a prison for captive Crusaders, Napoleon's warehouse, Salah al-Din's stable, a lamp factory, and a boys' elementary school

Over the centuries, this mosque had been used as as a prison for captive Crusaders, Napoleon's warehouse, Salah al-Din's stable, a lamp factory, and a boys' elementary school

One of the four rectangular corridors of the mosque

One of the four rectangular corridors of the mosque

An old lamp hangs on a wall of the mosque - Napoleon's soldiers at the end of the 18th century left the mosque in a bad state and it fell into disrepair

An old lamp hangs on a wall of the mosque - Napoleon's soldiers at the end of the 18th century left the mosque in a bad state and it fell into disrepair

This mosque has two mehrabs, this one seems to be one of the old one

This mosque has two mehrabs, this one seems to be one of the old one

Upper section of the mehrab - Originally the mosque stood outside the enclosure walls of Fatmid Cairo until Badr al-Gamali rebuilt the Northern Wall to include the al-Hakim mosque within the boundaries of the enclosed city

Upper section of the mehrab - Originally the mosque stood outside the enclosure walls of Fatmid Cairo until Badr al-Gamali rebuilt the Northern Wall to include the al-Hakim mosque within the boundaries of the enclosed city

This tablet which has Arabic written on it, was located beside the old mehrab of the mosque

This tablet which has Arabic written on it, was located beside the old mehrab of the mosque

The influence of Ibn Tulun Mosque can also be felt in many architectural elements of the Al-Hakim Mosque

The influence of Ibn Tulun Mosque can also be felt in many architectural elements of the Al-Hakim Mosque

One of the small mehrab decorated with gold colour and surrounded by the Arabic inscriptions

One of the small mehrab decorated with gold colour and surrounded by the Arabic inscriptions

One of the most beautiful architectural aspects of this mosque is its wide white marble floor that reflects the mosque itself from inside

One of the most beautiful architectural aspects of this mosque is its wide white marble floor that reflects the mosque itself from inside

Lower part of the mehrab

Lower part of the mehrab

Cupola of the al-Hakim Mosque with its windows which allow plenty of natural light

Cupola of the al-Hakim Mosque with its windows which allow plenty of natural light

In 1980, the mosque was extensively refurbished in white marble and gold trim by Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin

In 1980, the mosque was extensively refurbished in white marble and gold trim by Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin

One of the chandeliers hanging from the ceiling

One of the chandeliers hanging from the ceiling

Interior of the al-Hakim Mosque, with its tall coulmns it represents a sense of space and beauty

Interior of the al-Hakim Mosque, with its tall coulmns it represents a sense of space and beauty

A chandelier hanging inside the dome of the mosque

A chandelier hanging inside the dome of the mosque

A mirror on one of the internal walls of the mosque

A mirror on one of the internal walls of the mosque

The minarets of the mosque are the earliest surviving minarets in Cairo

The minarets of the mosque are the earliest surviving minarets in Cairo

One of the two minarets of the mosque which stand on the outer walls of the mosque

One of the two minarets of the mosque which stand on the outer walls of the mosque

The bases of the minarets are original and can be seen inside the buttresses, though the tops were replaced in 1303 by Baybars II al-Gashankir

The bases of the minarets are original and can be seen inside the buttresses, though the tops were replaced in 1303 by Baybars II al-Gashankir

This mosque has a very simple floor plan with four rectangle arcades surrounding the courtyard

This mosque has a very simple floor plan with four rectangle arcades surrounding the courtyard

The ablution fountain is located in the middle of sahn (courtyard) - it is important to wash before going for prayer in the mosque

The ablution fountain is located in the middle of sahn (courtyard) - it is important to wash before going for prayer in the mosque

Close up of the ablution fountain

Close up of the ablution fountain