Cairo , Egypt

Mosque and School of Sultan Al-Ghouri

located on Al-Muizz Li-Din Allah Street (Al-Ghouriya)

Mosque Images

The building is located on Al-Muizz Li-Din Allah Street (Al-Ghouriya). Its eastern facade faces the mausoleum and the avenue attributed to the same builder. The facade of the shrine and the sabil agreed with this building in length, height and decoration, which gave a beautiful symmetry and created a wonderful artistic atmosphere for those who cross between the two groups.

This architectural masterpiece was built by King Al-Ashraf Abu Al-Nasr Qansuh of Bibardi Al-Ghouri. He is the 46th king of the Mamluk kings in Egypt, and he is of Circassian origin from the Mamluks of Al-Ashraf Qaitbay.

This mosque has three destinations, the most important of which is the eastern side, which overlooks Al-Muizz Li-Din Allah Street, and in the middle of it is the main entrance, at the bottom of which are shops.

Three rows of windows were opened, topped by a pattern written in Mamluk script, a Qur’anic verse, then the name of Al-Ghouri and his titles, and crowned by leafy balconies whose faces were decorated with ornaments carved in stone.

At the edge of this side, from the tribal side, there is a huge square-section minaret with two floors, consisting of various muqarnas, and it ends at the top with a square apron topped by five capitals.

The main door, which it accesses by a few steps, leads to a square bench whose floor is of delicate colored marble and the ceiling of wood carved with gilded decorations.

This mosque was built on the system of schools with orthogonal planning. It consists of a courtyard surrounded by four iwans, two of which are large, the qibla iwan and the opposite iwan.

As for the other two sides, they are small, and their walls are surrounded by a robe made of colored marble ending in a marble style that is written in flowered Kufic script with Qur’anic verses and the date of the space – 909 AH – and above the contracts of the four iwans is a model written in Mamluk script with Qur’anic verses

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