Spinning Around.

24 11 2012

Left Top: Me in the citadel in front of the green-domed Mohamed Ibn Qalawon Mosque (L) and the Mosque of Muhammad Ali (Directly behind the statue).
Left Bottom: A tree pruned to say “Allah” (God) in Arabic.
Right Top: View from the citadel. Look closely at the middle to see the pyramids.
Right Bottom: Tanoura, or a Whirling Dervish show.

With a good breakfast to satisfy us, Heba and I headed to the citadel, which was the former wall around Cairo. Inside are museums and two mosques (Mosque of Muhammad Ali, who built it and was buried in it, and the Mohamed Ibn Qalawon Mosque, which has a green dome you can see in the picture above). If you are interested, this is a map of the citadel: Map of Citadel.

From the citadel, you can see much of Cairo and many of its diverse architectural features, including Cairo tower, the Mosque of Sultan Hassan, Al-Rifa’i Mosque, and even the pyramids! We looked around the military museum and got an exclusive tour of Muhammad Ali’s Palace, which was being renovated, as it burned down in 1971.

The last picture is from a Tanoura, or Whirling Dervish ceremony, which is a dance where men will spin in circles with song for around 15 minutes each. It was founded in Islam around 700 years ago, and supposedly enables the dancer to achieve “religious ecstasy”. I think a lot of people were surprised that they didn’t fall over after spinning so much.

Whew, sorry, some long posts again. There’s just so much to tell!

Also, an additional note: my good friend from high school, Andrew, got engaged to his girlfriend, Christina, this week! Congratulations to them! 🙂

“O God, you are my God, earnestly I seek you; my soul thirsts for you, my body longs for you, in a dry and weary land where there is no water.” ~Psalm 63:1




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