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El Muayyad Mosque, Cairo: 1 reviews and 5 photos
One of the most beautiful mosques in Cairo, Mosque of Al-Mu'ayyad was completed in 1422 on the site of a prison. Historians tell us that the Mamluke Sultan al-Mu'ayyad, who commissioned the mosque, had been himself imprisoned in this prison before he held power, and had vowed to replace it with a mosque should he come to power. His wishes came true for he built this exquisite mosque which initially also functioned as a madrassa (theological school). The mosque's fašade is striped with red and white stones, while the grand portal contains an impressive muqarnas (stalactite) half dome. The interior of the mosque is made up of a spacious courtyard that leads into a prayer hall, both of which are topped by repetitive high pointed arches, supported by Corinthian columns, probably recycled from ancient ruins and abandoned churches. Two minarets belonging to the mosque were built on either side of the adjacent Fatimid gate, Bab Zuweila. The Mosque of al-Mu'ayyad, a manifestation of the most glorious of Mamluke-period architecture, recently underwent an excellent restoration project that brought it to its former glory.
For more photos of this architectural masterpiece, check out the travelogue: "Mosque of al-Mu'ayyad."
Address: At Bab Zuweila
Directions: Near Al Khayama
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