Madrasa 'Uthman Pasha
Tripoli, Libya
The Uthman Pasha Madrasa is part of a complex including a mosque, tomb, and cemetery built in 1654 by Uthman al-Sakizli. He ruled Tripoli from 1649-1672 during a period of economic success and official patronage.

The madrasa is built around a courtyard from which one gains access to student accommodations. The simple vaulted student rooms have a raised platform for sleeping and storage. Entrance to the courtyard from the street is through a small domed hall. The courtyard has a riwaq, or colonnade, on each side, and the east corner opens into a small square mosque. The mosque and accompanying mausoleum are each covered by a ribbed dome erected above an unusual octagonal base.


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Shari' Arbaa Arsat, Tripoli, Libya
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1654/1064 AH
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Uthman Pasha Madrasa
Madrasat 'Uthman Basha
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