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  • 05 16, 2023

The Sultan Al-Nasir Muhammad Mosque was the official mosque in the citadel during the Mamluk era. It is located in the southern section of the Citadel of Salah al-Din. It was ordered to be built by Sultan al-Nasir Muhammad ibn Qalawun in the year 718 AH / 1318 AD, and then rebuilt in the year 735 AH / 1335 AD. This mosque was cared for by the later Mamluk sultans and was used by the Mamluk residents of the castle.

It is one of the most prominent architectural features of the castle, and it consists of an exposed central courtyard and four arcades. The mosque has two minarets, and the tops of the two minarets and the dome were covered from the outside with green faience tiles, adopting the character of the Islamic East. The dome is decorated from the inside with writings bearing Quranic verses, the name, and titles of Al-Nasser Muhammad, and the date of the mosque’s renovation. The mosque is also distinguished by the ceilings decorated with beautiful geometric shapes, and the wooden pulpit inlaid with ivory and seashells bearing the name of King Farouk.

 It was used as a prison and store for the army during the British occupation (1882 AD); Which led to its destruction, and in 1948 it was restored.

Some describe the dome of Mansour Qalawun in the group as the second most beautiful mausoleum in the world after the Indian Taj Mahal. The group is located in the Al-Nahhasin district of Al-Muizz Li Din Allah Al-Fatimi Street in the part known as Bayn Al-Qasrin and is administratively affiliated with the Al-Gamaleya department in the Wasat district of the Western region in Cairo. The group is adjacent to several Islamic monuments. Next to it is the mosque and school of Al-Nasir Qalawun, the mosque and school, and the Khanqah of Al-Zahir Barquq, then the Kamiliyya school and the bath of Sultan Inal, and opposite it is the path and the book of Khosrow Pasha, the school and the dome of Najm al-Din Ayyub, the school of Al-Zahir Baybars, then the path of Muhammad Ali and the palace of Prince Bashtak

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The mosque was commissioned by Sultan Al-Nasir Muhammad Ibn Qalawun, who ruled Egypt from 1293 to 1341. Construction of the mosque began in 1318 and was completed in 1335. It was designed by the renowned architect Muhammad ibn al-Zahid, who incorporated elements of both Mamluk and Islamic architectural styles.


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