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Cairo Sights

Sabil-Kuttab of Abdul Rahman Katkhuda

  • Memorial/Monument/Tomb

Updated 09/02/2015

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Katkhuda is a Persian word meaning "master of the house." The powerful gentleman who endowed this building was a patron of the arts and architecture, as befitted his position. Before running water was available to the majority of Cairo's inhabitants, it was customary for wealthy patrons to build a sabil (a public fountain) to provide people with potable water. Often attached to a sabil was a kuttab (a basic school) for teaching children the Qur'an and other subjects. This 17th-century Ottoman monument is impressive for its ornate facade, tiled interior, and location at the head of a fork in the main road of medieval Cairo.

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Shar'a al-Mu'iz, Cairo, Egypt


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  • £E10
  • Daily 10–6

Updated 09/02/2015


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