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Named after the Mamluke Sultan, Jaqmaq al-Argunsawi, this school is a fine example of 15th century architecture. The fašade has multi-coloured stripes, typical of the period, and the decorative forms above the muqarnas (stalactite) niches include a hint of blue, much less common in Mamluke architecture. The Sultan built it in 1420 AD while he was the governor of Damascus, before moving to Cairo to become Sultan. Al-Jaqmaqiyeh is adjacent to the small archeological park on the northern side of the Omayyad Mosque. Today, the structure houses the Museum of Arabic Calligraphy.
Address: Museum of Arabic Calligraphy
Directions: Just north of the Omayyad Mosque.
Open 9am - 3:30pm (closed Tuesdays)
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