Entrance door of the Mosque of al-Sultan al-Nasir Muhammad ibn Qalawun in Cairo Citadel - Imam of the mosque is standing in the middle of the door

Entrance door of the Mosque of al-Sultan al-Nasir Muhammad ibn Qalawun in Cairo Citadel - Imam of the mosque is standing in the middle of the door

Details above the main door of the mosque - this mosque was built by al-Nasir Muhammad in 1318 during his third and longest reign (1309-1340) as the royal mosque of the citadel

Details above the main door of the mosque - this mosque was built by al-Nasir Muhammad in 1318 during his third and longest reign (1309-1340) as the royal mosque of the citadel

A name plate on a wall with the mosque's name written on it

A name plate on a wall with the mosque's name written on it

This mosque occupies a rectangular surface area measuring 57 m by 63 m. The ground plan of this mosque consists of a courtyard surrounded by four roofed areas

This mosque occupies a rectangular surface area measuring 57 m by 63 m. The ground plan of this mosque consists of a courtyard surrounded by four roofed areas

It has rows of columns, forming the parallel arcaded sides of the courtyard

It has rows of columns, forming the parallel arcaded sides of the courtyard

Mehrab of the mosque with wooden minbar on right side

Mehrab of the mosque with wooden minbar on right side

Upper part of the mehrab - this mosque is also called The Mosque of the Citadel

Upper part of the mehrab - this mosque is also called The Mosque of the Citadel

Decorative details of the mehrab - this mosque can hold up to 5000 worshippers

Decorative details of the mehrab - this mosque can hold up to 5000 worshippers

Middle section of the mehrab

Middle section of the mehrab

Lower section of the mehrab

Lower section of the mehrab

Details of the dome of the mosque - old dome over the prayer niche collapsed in the sixteenth century

Details of the dome of the mosque - old dome over the prayer niche collapsed in the sixteenth century

Ceiling of the mosque of Sultan al-Nasir Muhammad ibn Qalawun - Cairo, Egypt

Ceiling of the mosque of Sultan al-Nasir Muhammad ibn Qalawun - Cairo, Egypt

Details of the interior of the mosque - this part is at the lower end of the dome

Details of the interior of the mosque - this part is at the lower end of the dome

A lamp hanging inside the dome of the mosque

A lamp hanging inside the dome of the mosque

A small mehrab like structure beside the wooden minbar

A small mehrab like structure beside the wooden minbar

This small door gives access to the steps of the minbar

This small door gives access to the steps of the minbar

This wall of the mosque shows the missing plaster

This wall of the mosque shows the missing plaster

Some of the Pharonic, Ptolemaic and Roman columns which were re-used in it's construction

Some of the Pharonic, Ptolemaic and Roman columns which were re-used in it's construction

Details of the wood work done on the ceiling of the mosque and it is showing it's age

Details of the wood work done on the ceiling of the mosque and it is showing it's age

Another part of the wall which is missing plaster

Another part of the wall which is missing plaster

Arches of the Mosque of Al-Nasir Muhammad - it looks very dusty due to the open plan of the mosque and regular sandstorms

Arches of the Mosque of Al-Nasir Muhammad - it looks very dusty due to the open plan of the mosque and regular sandstorms

A small lamp is hanging from the ceiling of the mosque

A small lamp is hanging from the ceiling of the mosque

Here two sides of the mosque can be seen - the Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha is in the background

Here two sides of the mosque can be seen - the Mosque of Muhammad Ali Pasha is in the background

Entry door and columns of the mosque seen from the inner courtyard

Entry door and columns of the mosque seen from the inner courtyard

This columns shows the zodiac and sun

This columns shows the zodiac and sun

This capital has signs which points to the fact that at some stage this column was a part of a church or temple

This capital has signs which points to the fact that at some stage this column was a part of a church or temple

Facade of the Mosque of al-Nasir Al-Nasir Muhammad, Cairo Citadel

Facade of the Mosque of al-Nasir Al-Nasir Muhammad, Cairo Citadel

These stones were brought from the Pyramids of Egypt

These stones were brought from the Pyramids of Egypt

This section of the wall which is close to the entry door is missing it's decorative plasters and stucco

This section of the wall which is close to the entry door is missing it's decorative plasters and stucco

Distance between the opposite area of the courtyard - it has a rectangular surface area measuring 57 m by 63 m

Distance between the opposite area of the courtyard - it has a rectangular surface area measuring 57 m by 63 m

This mosque has two minarets - The first (northwestern) is located to the left of the main entrance. The second minaret is located on the southeastern corner of the mosque

This mosque has two minarets - The first (northwestern) is located to the left of the main entrance. The second minaret is located on the southeastern corner of the mosque

The Mosque of Sultan al-Nasir Muhammad ibn Qalawun is seen here with the Cairo Citadel's defensive walls and towers

The Mosque of Sultan al-Nasir Muhammad ibn Qalawun is seen here with the Cairo Citadel's defensive walls and towers