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The Citadel, Cairo, Egypt

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Initial Release January 13, 2021
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#Real-Life #Sightseeing #Buildings #Handcrafted Egypt Exclusive Drag and Drop

This is my hand-made scenery and night lighting for the Cairo Citadel using models I have created in Blender 2.9. 
 

The Cairo Citadel is a medieval Islamic fortress located in the heart of Cairo, Egypt. Dating from the 12th Century, it has long served as a seat of cultural, political and military power for the Islamic rulers of Egypt. From it’s elevated position in the Muqattam Hills, the site enjoys commanding views across modern day Cairo from the heart of the city, with a clear line of site to the River Nile in the West and the Great Pyramids of Giza beyond. The entire complex is a UNESCO world heritage site and can be seen on final approach to Cairo International Airport (HECA) runways 05L, C and R and is a prominent VFR marker. It is located approximately 15km SW from runway 05C threshold and immediately to the SE of Al-Rifa'i Mosque (which is already a default MSFS POI). 

The fortress is home to two of Cairo’s most important mosques: 

Muhammed Ali Mosque: one of the most famous landmarks in Cairo, this 19th Century mosque was built by Egypt’s Ottoman rulers. It is a grand structure, with distinctive, needle-like minarets reaching over 80m in height. Muhammed Ali Mosque can be seen from almost anywhere in Cairo (both in line of site and on the back of every 20EGP note!).  
 

Al-Nasir Muhammed Mosque: located next door to Muhammed Ali Mosque, this mosque is less grand but significantly older. Built by the Mamluk rulers in 14th Century, this mosque’s castle-like stone walls and deep-set inner courtyard contrast nicely with the architecture of it’s neighbour. It features a distinctive green dome and two ornate minarets located at opposite edges of the structure. 

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cairo_Citadel 

 
INSTALLATION: Just unzip the archive and move the uncompressed folder to your MSFS community folder. Delete to uninstall. :-) 
 
Version 2.0 NOTES: 

In this update I have added a whole new mosque! Consequently, it made sense to shift the focus of the project to include the whole Citadel site, which I hope to add to in the future. I have changed the file title and updated all the screenshots accordingly. Here, then are the notes: 

  • Added Al-Nasir Muhammed Mosque, which is right next door to Muhammed Ali Mosque on the Citadel site. 
  • Changed the POI marker to “The Citadel” (rather than have individual POI markers for each building, which becomes extremely cluttered in the sim view).
  • Updated night lighting for both buildings.
  • Minor refinements to size and placement of Muhammed Ali Mosque.
  • Updated file title, description and screenshots on flightsim.to page to reflect change in focus of the scenery project. 

Please delete the previous version of the file (CairoMAM-model11) from your community folder before installing this one in order to avoid scenery conflicts. 

This model is freeware and is supplied as is (I make no guarantees or warranty). Please do not redistribute without permission. 
 

by Samir Dawoud 2021  
 
(Thanks to Flying Theston & Carl Hughes for their extremely informative YouTube video tutorials!) 


Pretty empty over here.


Pretty empty over here.

  • Version 2.0 February 10, 2021

    In this update I have added a whole new mosque! Consequently, it made sense to shift the focus of the project to include the whole Citadel site, which I hope to add to in the future. I have changed the file title and updated all the screenshots accordingly. Here, then are the notes:

    -Added Al-Nasir Muhammed Mosque, which is right next door to Muhammed Ali Mosque on the Citadel site.

    -Changed the POI marker to “The Citadel” (rather than have individual POI markers for each building, which becomes extremely cluttered in the sim view).

    -Updated night lighting for both buildings.

    -Minor refinements to size and placement of Muhammed Ali Mosque.

    -Updated file title, description and screenshots on flightsim.to page to reflect change in focus of the scenery project.

    Please delete the previous version of the file (CairoMAM-model11) from your community folder before installing this one in order to avoid scenery conflicts.

  • Version 1.1 January 25, 2021

    - Fixed a major issue with light reflection from the courtyard outer wall where sunlight would incorrectly shine on the shadow side and be visible at very long range. Courtyard wall material now behaves like stone in both lighting and appearence.
    - Fixed a major issue with the courtyard floor; shadows now cast correctly during daytime while night-lighting reflects correctly off the floor at night-time.
    - Reworked textures and models on the courtyard to accommodate the above.
    - A few extra night lights to make the courtyard look even better.
    - Removed the flashing beacon that could be seen at long range (added by accident in version 1.0).
    - Adjusted position of the POI marker.

    Remove the previous version of the model and drop 'CairoMAM-model11' into your community folder to update!

  • Launched January 13, 2021

    Initial release of this file just launched. Welcome aboard!


Pretty empty over here.

16 Comments
  • madawoud
    2 month(s) ago
    This new additions are great improvements and very realistic. They are wonderful. Keep up this wonderful work.
  • madawoud
    2 month(s) ago
    Excellent work. Well done Samir.
  • AvGeekXWB
    3 month(s) ago
    ما شاء الله
  • C0SM0S
    3 month(s) ago
    Amazingly well done my friend. I can tell this was a labor of love for you. Thank you for sharing your hard work and talent!
    • SUdashSMD
      3 month(s) ago
      Thanks very much for your kind words! Hope to be able to make more soon!
  • siddiq121
    3 month(s) ago
    ما شاء الله
  • medhat8989
    3 month(s) ago
    انت عالمي ياريت تعملنا اضافات تانيه وارك يا عالمي شغل هايل يا معلم
  • Socorrista22198
    3 month(s) ago
    Those uniques beauties of the architecture is a must have in the sim, big thanks Samir!!
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    • SUdashSMD
      3 month(s) ago
      Thank you. I hope you enjoy using this scenery.
  • Nassef
    3 month(s) ago
    Great job, thanks
    • SUdashSMD
      3 month(s) ago
      My pleasure, friend!
  • ProPilot
    3 month(s) ago
    كنت مستنيه من زمان
    • SUdashSMD
      3 month(s) ago
      I hope you enjoy! 😀
  • carlos
    3 month(s) ago
    Nice work أهلا و سهلا

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