Sabil wa Kuttab al-Sultan Qaytbay
Cairo, Egypt
The sabil-kuttab, a water fountain surmounted by an elementary school, originated as a charitable foundation incorporated into the corner of a mosque or a madrasa. The sabil-kuttab of Qaytbay, built in 1479, is the first example of a freestanding version of this kind of institution. In the succeeding Ottoman period, this independent structure becomes a favorite type of urban charitable-endowment building. The sabil-kuttab also provides an excellent example of rich surface decoration from the Qaytbay period, like the red, black, and white ablaq courses in the portal.

Sources:

Behrens-Abouseif, Doris. Islamic Architecture in Cairo. Leiden: E. J. Brill, 1989.

Jarrar, Sabri, András Riedlmayer, and Jeffrey B. Spurr. Resources for the Study of Islamic Architecture. Cambridge, MA: Aga Khan Program for Islamic Architecture, 1994. http://archnet.org/library/documents/one-document.jsp?document_id=6053.

Mostafa, Saleh Lamei. "The Cairene Sabil: Form and Meaning." Muqarnas 6 (1989): 33-42.
Location
Shari' al-Saliba, Cairo, Egypt
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Events
1479/883-884 AH
Style Periods
1250-1517
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Sabil wa Kuttab al-Sultan Qaytbay
Sabil-Kuttab of Sultan Qaytbay
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Sabil wa-Kuttab al-Sultan al-Ashraf Qaytbay
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Sabil al-Sultan Qaytbay
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Sultan Qaytbay Sabil-Kuttab at Al-Saliba
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Building Usages
madrasa
educational