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The Citadel of Cairo or Citadel of Saladin is a medieval Islamic-era fortification in Cairo, Egypt, built by Salah ad-Din (Saladin). It was the seat of government in Egypt and the residence of its rulers for nearly 700 years from the 13th to the 19th centuries. Its location on a promontory of the Mokattam hills near the center of Cairo commands a strategic position overlooking the city and dominating its skyline. At the time of its construction, it was among the most impressive and ambitious military fortification projects of its time. The photo here fails to show the sizable fortifications and structures the palace itself is build upon. The layout and approach to the palace is a maze of fortifications, elevation, and traps; making it a formidable structure during the era. (Photo by Al Abageyah) #art #photography #egypt #architecture #history