The Mohamed Ali Mosque, or the Alabaster Mosque, is one of Egypt’s most interesting mosques. It stands proudly on the highest point inside the Citadel of Saladin’s courtyard. The architect, Yousif Boushnaq, was a Turkish man who had come over from Istanbul, solely to build this great mosque for Mohamed Ali, the ruler of Egypt from 1805 until 1849.
He designed his plans, based on the Sultan Ahmed Mosque in Istanbul, and the construction began in 1830 A.D. The work continued ceaselessly until the death of Mohamed Ali in 1849 and was restarted and finished during the reign of his successors. Mohamed Ali was buried in a tomb situated on the south-eastern side of Beit Al Salah, on the right side of the entrance leading to the main section.