Shrines of Sayyida Atika & Mohammed Al Gaafari


This twin-domed shrine is dedicated to Sayyida Atika (thought to be the aunt of the Prophet Mohammed) and Mohammed Al Gaafari (one of this descendants). The shrines date from the mid-12th century and Sayyida Atika's shrine is topped by a fluted dome purported to be the earliest surviving example of that architectural style in Cairo.

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