Mosque of Sultan Hassan, Cairo

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    Mosque of Sultan Hassan (757 H., 1356 A.D.)

    by uglyscot Updated Oct 23, 2010

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    Light and shade in Hassan Mosque

    One of the early mosques. It is large and inside there is a wonderful sense of light and shadow.
    The hanging lanterns, the arches, the muwaddah for ablutions, the minbar all are interesting. The entrance to the mosque is also beautiful with its vertical panels and spiral pilasters..
    It is an example of Mamluke architecture
    Inside has a cruciform shape common in 14th C mosques.
    The courtyard is paved with marble, with a restored fountain in the centre. There are 4 halls entered by four enormous arches.
    The mausoleum has bronze doors with gold incrustations. There is a lso a wood painted frieze.

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    Mosque and Madrassa of Sultan Hassan

    by PierreZA Updated Oct 6, 2007

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    Mosque and Madrassa Sultan Hassan

    I first saw this mosque, with it's neighbour, from the Citadel. It is quite big and a very impressive building.
    On entrance, a dark passage leads tho the big courtyard, with four recesses. They are arched, and were the actual areas where Islam were taught.
    There are lamps hanging from the very high roof areas.
    The inside of the mosque is also very impressive.
    You will pay an entrance fee at the gate, which is for both mosques.

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    Mosque of Sultan Hassan and Mosque of ar-Rifai

    by Blatherwick Updated Aug 21, 2005

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    Mosque of Sultan Hassan and Mosque of ar-Rifai

    The view from the citadel gives you a fine view of the twin Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan and Mosque of ar-Rifai. The Sultan Hassan Mosque and madrassa (school) was constructed for Sultan Hassan bin Mohammad bin Qala'oun in 1256 AD as a mosque and religious school for all sects. It was designed so that each of the four main Sunni sects (orthodox Muslim, or Sunni rites, consisting of Shafite, Malikite, Hanefte and Hanbalite) has its own school while sharing the mosque.

    Designed by Mustapha Fahmi with a Bahri Mameluke style, the Refai Mosque faces the Sultan Hassan Mosque and is named after a Muslin holy man, Shekh Ali Abu El-Shoubak who is buried here. The mosque was completed in 1912 by Max Herz Pasha and was constructed at the order of Khoushiar, mother of the Khedive Ismail. The mosque also became the Royal Crypt of Egypt's last dynasty.

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    The minbar of Sultan Hassan Mosque

    by uglyscot Updated Jun 17, 2005

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    the minbar, Sultan Hassan

    Everything in a mosque should be beautiful as a sign of man's respect for Allah. Inside Sultan Hassan mosque this is very clear. The minbar is a work of art in itself. The minbar is the niche that indicates the direction of Mecca to which men face when they offer their prayers to God. Note the use of the stone and the gilding.
    Next to it is the wooden pulpit.

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    Mosque of Sultan Hassan

    by uglyscot Written Jun 17, 2005

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    The inside of the mosque of Sultan Hassan can be visited by non-Muslims as long as they are respectfully dressed and remove their shoes. Inside there are many beautiful features. I loved the effect of light and shade. [see other tip], and the numerous hanging lights. Unfortunately I have not seen them at night so do not know if they are actually working, but even by day they make an interesting picture.

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    Sultan Hassan Mosque and Madrasa - Islamic Cairo

    by call_me_rhia Written Mar 21, 2005

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    the mosque

    The Sultan Hassan Mosque and Madrasa is, in my opinion, the most beautiful of all Cairo's religious buildings. The mosque also has a madrasa, a religious school attached ot it.

    The mosque was built for Sultan Hassan bin Mohammad bin Qala'oun in 1256 AD as a mosque and religious school for all sunni "divisions": Shafite, Malikite, Hanefte and Hanbalite.

    Three things are particularly impressive: the cornices, the entrance, and the monumental staircase. But these are details: to admire the building in its full beauty you have to go up to the Citadel, and look down on it.

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