The magnificent Mosque – Madrasa of Sultan Hasan is located in the heart of Old Islamic Cairo, which is also referred to as “Historic Cairo”. In 1979, UNESCO had designated this specific area of Cairo as a World Heritage Site. There are over 600 structures of cultural importance in Historic Cairo, and it is an intriguing area to visit.
The mosque was constructed between 1356 and 1363, and commissioned by Sultan an-Nasir-Hasan. The building of the mosque has been considered quite a remarkable task as it coincided with the Black Plague, which had caused devastation throughout Cairo from the mid-14th century and onwards. It is also considered one of Cairo’s impressive historic monuments due to its grand size, and architectural components.
When I had entered into the mosque – madrasa, I was taken back by the solid architecture that had stood for centuries. The construction of the thick walls was impressive, and the grand courtyard was stunning. The original floor tiling, as well as the ornate interior, brightly detailed mihrab, and minbar were marvelous features of this mosque and madrasa.
When entering a mosque, it is customary to remove your shoes to preserve the cleanliness of the prayer space. There will be people at the front doors who will take care of your shoes until you return.
Touring old Historic Cairo is very important when visiting Egypt. This area is another layer of this country’s history besides the Egyptian Gods and the Pyramids. I found it to be a very safe and peaceful area, especially with having a personal guide and driver. I do not think I could have done this on my own, although I did consider it.
If you are in need of an Egyptologist with a separate driver who will professionally guide you through Historic Cairo, I highly recommend Ehab Mehana. He was my personal guide throughout Historic – Islamic Cairo, he was terrific, knowledgeable and just a great human being.
Photo Journal of the Mosque- Madrasa of Sultan Hasan
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