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View of Mosque of Mohammed Ali in Cairo, Egypt. Alabaster building seen across square, with 2 tall minarets centre. Single row of columns supporting round arches lining court, left.

The mosque was built in the Ottoman style between 1830 and 1848 for th

Mosque of Mehemet Ali [Mosque of Muhammad Ali, Cairo] ©

After Napoleon’s invasion of Egypt in 1798, scholars and artists travelled alongside soldiers and diplomats to explore the Pharaonic ruins along the Nile. The history of ancient Egypt was uncovered through the surviving ruins and extensive excavations. The Prince of Wales and his companions spent time in Alexandria and Cairo, but most of their visit to Egypt was spent sailing along the Nile in boats provided by Muhammad Sa’id Pasha, the Viceroy of Egypt. The party stopped at the most interesting sites, including Philae, Edfu and Luxor, following suggestions in their Murray’s Handbook for Travellers.

Jemima Blackburn, née Wedderburn (1823-1909)

The Prince of Wales at Thebes, 18 March 1862

Francis Bedford (1815-94)

A street in Cairo