Mosque of Al Salih Talaai

Mosque of Al Salih Talaai

Mosque of Al Salih Talaai Fatimid-era mosque built by the vizier Tala’i ibn Ruzzik in 1160. It is located south of Bab Zuweila, just outside the southern entrance to the old walled city of Cairo



Mosque of al Salih Talaai


Mosque of al Salih Talaai


Mosque of al Salih Talaai


Mosque of al Salih Talaai


Mosque of al Salih Talaai


Mosque of al Salih Talaai


Mosque of al Salih Talaai


Mosque of al Salih Talaai


Mosque of al Salih Talaai


Mosque of al Salih Talaai


Mosque of al Salih Talaai


Mosque of al Salih Talaai


Mosque of al Salih Talaai


Mosque of al Salih Talaai


Mosque of al Salih Talaai


Mosque of al Salih Talaai


Mosque of al Salih Talaai



The mosque was commissioned by the Fatimid vizier Tala’i ibn Ruzzik in 1160. Tala’i was one of many last powerful and competent viziers who maintained an amount of stability in the Fatimid Empire in its last decades. While the Fatimid Caliphate was dissolved in 1171, this mosque is the past major Fatimid monument to possess been built (and which still survives).

The Fatimid dynasty were Isma’ili Shi’a Muslims claiming descent from the Prophet Muhammad, and the mosque was originally developed to be the resting place of the head of Husayn, the son of ‘Ali, who was simply slain at the Battle of Karbala in 680 and is revered as a martyr by Shi’as. His head was originally believed to be interred at Ascalon, but it was delivered to Cairo in 1153 when Ascalon was threatened by Crusaders.However, the head ended up being kept in a shrine at the Fatimid palace instead, the website which later became the al-Hussein Mosque where in actuality the shrine remains today



City: cairo
Region: El Darb El Ahmar
Place: Mosque of al-Salih Tala’i, El-Darb El-Ahmar
Date: 16/9/2022
Location: see on map