Madrasa al-Amir Taghri Bardi
Cairo, Egypt

The madrasa complex of Amir Taghribardi was built in 1440; it belongs to the the four-iwan type. It is the earliest example of a religious structure in which the interior forms a wide angle (almost 45°) with the street facade. In order to adjust the extreme divergence, the architect introduced small recesses in the space between the diverging walls instead of filling it with solid masonry.

The brick dome displays the earliest example of interlaced high-relief moldings decorating the exterior surface of a dome. The minaret is composed of a square first story surmounted by a circular one with a star-shaped pattern carved in stone.


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1440/843-844 AH
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Amir Taghri Bardi Madrasa
Madrasat al-Amir Taghri Bardi
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