Egypt Sultan Hassan Mosque

           

 

  

 


 
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Sultan Hassan Mosque is one of the world’s largest Islamic constructions. The mosque was built from the order of the Sultan Hassan; the works started in 1356 and ended in 1363 and the legend says that the construction almost let empty the treasury of the Mamluk. It is also believed that stones from the Giza Pyramids were used by the mosque builders. The sultan was killed two years before he could see his mosque finished. Initially, there were four minarets planned for the two corners of the mosque but after 300 people were killed by one minaret that collapsed. In 1659 another minaret fell. The Sultan Hassan Mosque dimensions are impressive: it covers 7,906 sq meters, it has a length of 150 meters, the walls measure 36 meters and the smallest minaret has 68 meters. A small portal facilitates the tourists enter in the mosque; the beautiful portal represents a work of art. The transition to the sahn is made by a dark passageway that has a low ceil; the enlightened sahn is a standard open court with a cruciform-plan. In the court’s center is a large fountain that is utilized in present for ablution. The prayer hall has the walls covered with huge inscriptions with quotations from Quran, inscription that is representative for its Kufic letters placed on a background with flowers and having delicate patterns reminding of the 8th -14th century al-Andalus ornaments. The Sultan’s mausoleum is placed behind the prayer hall and is covered with a cupola of enormous dimensions. But the Sultan’s body is not buried there because he wasn’t found after he was killed. Instead there are two cenotaphs of the Sultan Hasan sons and an emir tomb that are interesting attractions for visitors.

 
 

 

Egypt Sultan Hassan Mosque

 

 
   

 

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