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  Maq'ad of Mamay el-Saifi, Mar 2016
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      Maq'ad of Mamay el-Saifi, Mar 2016
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  • Beit el-Qadi, Dec 2007 - Cairo
      Beit el-Qadi, Dec 2007
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  • Façade details, Mar 2016 - Cairo
      Fašade details, Mar 2016
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  • Dec 2007 - Cairo
      Dec 2007
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  • Decorative details of the loggia, Mar 2016 - Cairo
      Decorative details of the loggia, Mar 2016
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A unique example of Mamluke-period palace architecture, the Maq'ad of Mamay el-Saifi was built in 1496 AD by a government official under the Mamluke Sultan Qaytbay. The sumptuous structure, with its lofty portico/loggia, grand cusped arches, and striped fašade, was the main reception area and the sole survivor of a much larger palace. The large rectangular square (Midan Bayt al-Qadi) outside the palace was, in fact, the gardens of the palace itself, but during later Ottoman urban planning, the gardens became a public square. Also in Ottoman times, the palace was turned into a courthouse, hence the popular name Beit al-Qadi, meaning "house of the judge". When I visited Cairo in Dec 2007, the palace was in the process of being restored. When I visited again in Mar 2016, it was STILL being restored! It may be a second restoration project, but it wouldn't surprise me at all given Egyptian inefficiency and the revolution in between that the same project is ongoing.

Address: Midan Beit al-Qadi
Directions: Located throughout the City

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  • Updated Mar 20, 2016
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