"Sultan Al-Ghuri Complex" Wekalet El Ghoury - Wekalet el Ghouri Arts Center Tip by June.b


Crossing the al Azhar highway, you'll be getting down at some stairs where there are a lot of textile, clothing and beddings shops. The entrance is arched and that's where the huge complex of Sultan Al-Ghuri is.

The Sultan Qansuh al-Ghuri built his funerary complex between 1503 and 1504 in the Fahhamin quarter (charcoal market ) on al-Mu'izz street in the old Islamic Cairo and consists of a Khanqah, Mausoleum, Sabil-Kuttab, Mosque and Madrasa. There was a reconstruction going on at the time I went there.

The second last of the Mamluk sultans, Sultan Qansuh al-Ghuri was the last Mamluk sultan to enjoy a regin of any duration (1501?16). He was called 'Al-Ghuri' after the barracks Al-Ghuri, where he was garrisoned. He was the governor of Tarsus, then the chamberlain of Aleppo and he was involved heavily in the military campaign against the Ottomans in 1484. Al-Ghuri died of a heart attack while fighting the Ottoman Turks outside Aleppo, following the defection of Amir Khayrbak in the midst of the battle. His body was never found, and was not buried in his mausoleum on which he had spent a fortune. [Wikipedia].

As I was rally seriously tired of walking for almost half a day, I terminated my walking tour of Muizz Sreet around this area with a late lunch at the nearby GAD restaurant.

Address: Muizz Street, old Islamic Cairo, Egypt
Directions: Near El-Gazzar Ln
Phone: +20 2 25107146
Website: http://www.wekaletelghouri.com/

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