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JAMA’A Al -AQSUNQUR (BLUE MOSQUE)

Preserving an early Mamluk monument and its exceptional Iznik decoration

JAMA’A Al -AQSUNQUR (BLUE MOSQUE)
Cairo, Egypt
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BACKGROUND

The Blue Mosque is the largest mosque in the Bab al-Wazir district of Cairo. Built in 1347 by Amir Aqsunqur, the mosque is an exceptional example of early Mamluk religious architecture, associating a mausoleum for the founder with a large courtyard for prayer surrounded by porticoes. (...)

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HOW WE HELPED

WMF has a long-standing collaboration with the Aga Khan Trust for Culture in Historic Cairo that has resulted in the conservation of several monuments in the Darb el-Ahmar area and the Blue Mosque is the most recent effort. (...)

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WHY IT MATTERS

The work being conducted by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture and WMF in Darb el-Ahmar is a successful example of the integration of urban regeneration and cultural heritage preservation. (...)