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Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Hassan
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Windham, Connecticut
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19 reviews
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Reviewed August 11, 2012

Was my first mosque. Beautiful architecture, but the guys outside were kind of annoying. Didn't want a "guide" but gave him the equivalent of $3 in bakeesh.

Visited April 2012
2 Thank Lonaldinhooo
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“great place”
Reviewed August 3, 2012

great historical place
one of the most important islamic heritage in the world
just take care of not making any noise while the pray is held on

Visited January 2012
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Toronto, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 229 helpful votes
Reviewed July 7, 2012

I cannot possibly give a better and more detailed review that GParryManchester has done! His thorough explanation shows a true love for this mosque. I have only visited it once but I can attest that it truly IS as he has described. Rich in detail, opulence and history...MAGNIFICENT!

Visited February 2012
3 Thank TanyaM212
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Bolton, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 41 helpful votes
“Typically Cairene and Beautiful with It.”
Reviewed June 11, 2012

Please ignore the date of visit as this review is baseed on having returned at every opportunity for the last 24 years.

As others have remarked, this monument is rarely on the tourist trail. This is a real shame as, being of Bahri Mamluke origin, it is far more typically Cairene than the Mohammed Ali Pasha mosque that seems to be on every itinerary and which faces it from the Citadel.

Sultan Hassan was the last of the, original, Bahri Mamlukes, and his complex combines a mosque, madrassa and mausoleum (although the Sultan isn't buried there, having been murdered in Syria).

Although from the outside it looks to be a quite austere and plain building, relieved by the Quranic inscriptions and stalactite,arch decoration of the entrance, the interior courtyard and liwans (arched recesses) are an absolute delight.

Intricate geometric inlaid stone pavements, and a quite elegant Ottoman ablution fountain are the first sighns that this is somewhere special.

The mihrab liwan (indicating the direction of Mecca) features marvellouus polychrome inlaid stone decoration; ablaq banding around the mihrab arch and talith caligraphic inscriptions of Quranic verses. The stone minbar (pulpit) , the platform for reading "lessons" to the congregation and the, electrified, oil lamps are wonderful in themselves.

The mausoleum section of the complex is located behind the mihrab liwan and is a wonderfully cool, dark, place. where the hustle and bustle of the outside world seem to fade into insignificance, even more than is the case in the courtyard.

Again, the polychrome, geometric, inlaid stone and, talith caligraphic, Quranic verse decoration is beautiful, without being overstated and ou really need to look up and admire the stalactite decoration that is used to connect the square room to a round dome.

As others have mentioned, be prepared to remove your shoes before entering; a small amount of baksheesh (LE5 - LE10 for the attendant will be most appreciated). Likewise, the muezzin is more than happy to chant the fundamental Islamic declaration that Allah is the one God and Mohammed is His Prophet; so as to demonstrate the lovely acoustics of the mausoleum (again baksheesh will be appreciated), but this is a very friendly mosque and a great place for just relaxing and chatting with people.

Visited July 2011
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Los Angeles, California
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“great architecture!”
Reviewed May 1, 2012

The architecture of this Mosque is amazing, especially the interior. so many details to see. worth the time and money!

Visited May 2012
1 Thank Xiangyu Cecilia J
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