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The most magnificent of all Mamluke edifices in Cairo, the 14th century Madrassa of Sultan Hassan, lies just below the Cairo Citadel. In addition to being a religious school, the Madrassa was intended to be a mausoleum for the Sultan Hassan himself, except he died before it was completed so his sons were later buried in it instead. The size and beauty of the architecture is not appreciated until one is inside the courtyard with it massive four iwans (porticos), each dedicated to the study of one of the four main Sunni branches. Up to 400 students lived and studied in this Madrassa. When I visited in April 2007, the structure seemed in need of restoration... hopefully it will be next. Be prepared to take off your shoes before entering the school. However, given that it is not fully used as a mosque, women are not required to cover their hair, but modest dress is always necessary (do not show legs or shoulders for men or women).
Address: Midan Salah el-Din (Saladdin Square)
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