Egypt's Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities launching fourth virtual tour on Monday

Nevine El-Aref , Monday 6 Apr 2020


The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities will launch this evening its fourth virtual ‘Experience Egypt’ tour on its official website and social media platforms.

The tour will explore the distinguished Mosque, Madrassa (School) and Khanqa of Sultan Barquq in Al-Muiz Street.

The madrasa and khanqa of Sultan Barquq is located on Al-Muiz Street and is known as the Zahiriya school. King Zahir Abu Sa’id Barquq ordered its construction, which began in 1384 AD. Its inauguration took place two years later, in 1386 AD. This madrasa lies in the middle of one of the world’s largest architectural heritage complexes.

A charitable foundation was established here by Al-Nasir Muhammad ibn Qalawun for his madrasa. The school itself taught the four Islamic legal schools and contained a mosque and a Sufi khanqa. A domed shrine inside the structure serves as the burial place of his father and of some of his wives and children.

The building, with its many exquisite architectural and decorative elements, is an architectural marvel. It is composed of an open court and four iwans, the largest of which is the one on the side of the direction for prayer.

It contains a marble mihrab, a wooden pulpit, a stand for the Quran, and a prayer platform (dikka). The establishment was also equipped with several branch-schools, wings for Sufis, rooms for students, a kitchen, and a washroom. The building’s façade is surmounted by a minaret and a dome that was restored by the Assembly for the Preservation of Arab Antiquities in 1892 AD.

The madrasa of Sultan Barquq is characterised by inscriptions from the Quran in the naskh script, a foundation inscription, and the marble panels and marvellously decorated ceiling of the largest iwan.

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