Masjid al-Mahmudiyya
Cairo, Egypt

The mosque built by Mahmud Pasha in 1567 is an early Cairene Ottoman official religious architecture which follows the Mamluk tradition. The positioning of the domed burial chamber behind the prayer hall to face the Citadel and the construction of the minaret on a semicircular buttress protruding from a corner next to the mausoleum show that it used the nearby Madrasa of Sultan Hasan as its model. The minaret, however, is Ottoman.


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1567/974-975 AH
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Mosque of al-Mahmudiya
Mosque of Mahmud Pasha
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