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Cairo Sights

Madrasa of Mithqal

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This beautifully restored Mamluk madrasa, which is built in a cruciform style, was built by Mithqal, chief eunuch to two Mamluk sultans, in 1361. To get here, start at the Palace of Bishtak and turn right, taking the little road that winds past the small mausoleum of Shaykh Sinan, instead of heading to Shar'a al-Mu'iz. The most interesting part of the complex is the tunnel that passes underneath it. Dare yourself to go through it and try to get to al-Mu'iz this way. (The

tunnel takes you out to a small street that leads to the open Maydan Bayt al-Qadi. The last right off the square leads you down Shar'a Bayt al-Qadi to Muhhib al-Din, which in turn feeds onto al-Mu'iz.)

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Darb al-Qirmiz, Cairo, Egypt


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Sight Details:

  • Free
  • Daily 9–4


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