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  Al-Siba'iya Madrassa & Mosque (Mar 08)
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  • Al-Siba'iya Madrassa & Mosque (Mar 08) - Damascus
      Al-Siba'iya Madrassa & Mosque (Mar 08)
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  • The façade - Mar 08 - Damascus
      The façade - Mar 08
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  • Minaret - March 2008 - Damascus
      Minaret - March 2008
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  • Muqarnas portal - Dec 09 - Damascus
      Muqarnas portal - Dec 09
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  • The mosque's courtyard - Dec 09 - Damascus
      The mosque's courtyard - Dec 09
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Completed in 1515 AD, the Siba'iya Madrassa and Mosque dates from the end of the Mamluke-period. It was named after Sibai, the Mamluke governor of Damascus. The structure was built in the signature Mamluke-style with its alternating black and white stripes, muqarnas topped entrance, and wide hexagonal minaret. Al-Siba'iya is located just outside Old Damascus, between Via Recta (Straight Street) and the entrance to Souk al-Hamidiya. As of Dec 09, the Madrassa's façade is blackened and in need of restoration. Hopefully it will be next!

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  • Updated Feb 12, 2010
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