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  Madrassa of Gamal el-Din Ustadar (Dec 07)
by MM212

Madrassa of Gamal el-Din Ustadar is one of only three madrassas (theological schools) in Cairo to have dedicated its studies to all four branches of Sunni Islam (one of the other three is the majestic Madrassa of Sultan Hassan). Its interior courtyard thus has four iwans (porticoes), one for each branch. The exterior is typically Mamluke style, with an ornate portal consisting of a stalactite (muqarnas) half dome and striped façade. It was built in 1407 by Gamal el-Din, who was the butler (ustadar) of the Mamluke Sultan Farag ibn Barquq. The area and street surrounding the mosque is known as al-Gamaliyya, after his own name. The madrassa is located on the long narrow streeting linking Bab el-Nasr with el-Azhar area.

Address: Sharia al-Gamaliyya
Directions: Located throughout the City

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