Sultan al-Nasir Muhammad ibn Qala’un Mosque
This glorious royal Mamluk mosque was built in 1318 in the Cairo citadel, which I found to be a welcome retreat from the crowded bustle of this vibrant city. The citadel comprises of a few mosques and military buildings, with a panoramic view across the sandy coloured city. It was the mosque photographed here that really captured my attention and proved to be a veritable feast for my eyes. There is a centuries old sense of peace that pervades the perfectly proportioned courtyard, and I found there to be an exquisite marriage between space and architecture in this building, which works to magnify the feeling of sacredness and mystical calm. Though the mosque has been ransacked over the years and stripped of much of its treasures, it retains just enough to feed the imagination. The spiral minaret is particularly unusual, and that green dome – wonderful!. Enjoy the pictures!