The foundation of Sultan Barsbay at Suq al-Nahhasin (the coppersmiths' bazaar) was built in 1425. It is a cruciform four-iwan design dedicated to Sufis who wished to study the four rites of Islamic law according to a traditional madrasa structure. This madrasa figures importantly in understanding the change in function and form of Burji religious institutions.
It has been suggested that there is no mihrab in the madrasa's mausoleum, because accommodating one would have left no room for a window on al-Mu'izz Street, which would have deprived the tomb of its crucial visual contact with the street. The mihrab, a highly decorative feature which underscored the religious character of the mausoleum, is replaced here by the blessings of the passersby.
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Mosque and Madrasa of Sultan Ashraf Barsbay (Variant)
al-Madrasah al-Ashrafiyya (Variant)
al-Ashrafiya Madrasa (Variant)
al-Madrasah al-Ashrafiyah (Variant)
Masjid al-Sultan al-Ashraf Barsbay (Variant)
Sultan al-Ashraf Barsbay Funerary Complex at Suq al-Nahhasin (Variant)
Sabil-Kuttab and Mausoleum of Sultan al-Ashraf Barsbay (Variant)
Funerary Complex of Sultan al-Ashraf Barsbay at Suq al-Nahhasin (Variant)