Sultan al-Nasir Muhammad ibn Qala’un Mosque

Al-Nasir Muhammed 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!

~ by laxshmirose on September 23, 2010.

4 Responses to “Sultan al-Nasir Muhammad ibn Qala’un Mosque”

  1. hi laxmi
    visited this magnificent mosque a few months back in august
    lovely pictures good eye view
    keep it up
    love ur artistic point of view

  2. Thanks Soma!! I’m glad you like it. 🙂

  3. Do you know that the mosque was built under tight budget and therefore all the columns in this mosque were taken from temples and tombs from all over Egypt? If you look carefully you can find that the columns are not the same and the architect had to make different base for each column to make them equal in height. When you enter the mosque on your right hand side you will find columns taken from monasteries and you can see clearly a cross encrypted on it.

  4. Fascinating! Thanks for your insight, I hadn’t realised!

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