Built in 1347, this building is highly touted by would-be guides, but it’s nothing like its Istanbul namesake. It’s classic Mamluk...
Mosque-Madrassa of Umm Sultan Sha’aban
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Mosque of Al-Maridani
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Al-Azhar Park’s 300-seat open-air theatre hosts touring Western artists, stars from the Middle East and locals. Shows are often free...
Relaxing views over the lake and the minarets and domes of the old city of Cairo. Stick to the mezze, which are delicious, and the...
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Khayrbek Complex information
Emir Khayrbek, governor of Aleppo under Sultan al-Ghouri, defected to the Ottoman side in 1516, which effectively ended Mamluk rule. He then became the governor of Egypt under Selim I. Khayrbek’s mausoleum and a mosque, built in 1521, are the anchors of this clutch of buildings, but what’s interesting is how other structures – the 13th-century Alin Aq Palace, plus several later Ottoman houses – are all interconnected. The mosque’s brick minaret sits on a Pharaonic stone block with hieroglyphs.