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  Madrassa of Sultan Barquq, Dec 2007
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  • The impressive entrance, Mar 2016 - Cairo
      The impressive entrance, Mar 2016
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  • Minaret & Dome, Mar 2016 - Cairo
      Minaret & Dome, Mar 2016
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Completed in 1386 AD, the Madrassa of Sultan Barquq also served as a khanqah. Whereas a madrassa is a school teaching Islamic law, a khanqah is sort of a Sufi monastery. Barquq was the first Sultan from the Circassian (from the Caucasus) Mamlukes, also known as Burgi Mamlukes (i.e. "tower", referring to the Citadel), and had seized power from the Bahri (i.e "riverine") Mamlukes who had been his masters. The interior of his namesake Madrassa contains some recycled Pharaonic columns, as well as a mausoleum for his daughter (Sultan Barquq was buried in the Northern Cemetery). The Madrassa of Barquq is located on the passage of Bein el-Qasrein (renamed Muezz Ledin Illah St), along a row of some of Cairo's most impressive historic buildings.

Address: Sharia al-Muizz Ledin Illah, Mediaeval Cairo
Directions: Located throughout the City

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  • Updated Mar 20, 2016
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