Aqsunqur Mosque, Ciaro, Egypt

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The Aqsunqur Mosque (otherwise called the Blue Mosque or the Mosque of Ibrahim Agha) is situated in Cairo, Egypt and is one of a few “blue mosques” on the planet. It is arranged in the Tabbana Quarter (Darb al-Ahmar locale) in Islamic Cairo, between Bab Zuweila and the Citadel of Saladin (Cairo Citadel.) The Aqsunqur Mosque additionally fills in as a funerary complex, containing the tombs of its organizer Shams promotion Din Aqsunqur, his children, various offspring of the Bahri Mamluk ruler a Nasir Muhammad and that of its vital restorer, Ibrahim Agha al-Mustahfizan.

Two of the soonest structures on the Darb al-Ahmar street are the Mosques of al-Maridani (1339) and the alleged Blue Mosque (1347) all the more appropriately called after its proprietor, Amir (Prince) Aqsunqur al-Nassery.

The Blue Mosque imparts a typical divider to a seventeenth Century house named Mustahfazan House – after its proprietor and is situated close to the Khayerbek Complex which goes back to the sixteenth century. Additionally close by are two other intriguing Mamluk Monuments; the Mausoleum of Amir Tarabay al-Sharifi (1504) and the Mosque of Umm al-Sultan Shaaban (1369) which lies further along Bab al-Wazir road.

The Mosque follows the conventional hypostyle plan, a Durqa’a (focal yard) encompassed by four porticoes, the biggest of which is the primary petition lobby with two Iwans (side passageways).

To one side of the open yard is the Mausoleum of Aqsunqur and his child. Close to it stands the Mausoleum of his brother by marriage, Sultan Ala’a al-Din Kuchuk (the little one) child of al-Nasir Mohammed who controlled for multi-month before being killed at six years old. To the privilege is the burial chamber of Ibrahim Aga Mustahfazan, proprietor of the adjoining house.

The name “Blue Mosque” gets from its East divider, the Qibla (heading of the Ka’ba, toward which adherents go to look for supplication) tiled from floor to roof in perfectly hued Majolica, the overwhelming shade being blue. This botanical tile work was a later expansion from one of the redesigns did by Ibrahim Aga Mustahfazan. These tiles are in the style of earthenware production make in Iznik in Turkey, in spite of the fact that the quality recommends they are common impersonations perhaps from Damascus.

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