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Sultan Hassan Madrassa and Masjid

This is one of the extraordinarily wonderful Islamic Monuments in the Islamic World. If Ancient Egypt is proud of the Pyramids of Giza, Islamic Egypt has to be proud of the Sultan Hassan Madrassa. The founder of this gigantic monument is the Sultan Hassan, son of the great Mamluke Sultan Al-Nasser Mohamed Ibn Qalawoun. Sultan Hassan ruled twice, the first time in 1347, when he was 13 years old, only to be dethroned by the other Mamluke princes and generals. The second time was in 1356 A.D. The Madrassa-Mosque contains 4 Madrassas or religious schools and is 7,906 square metres in size. It has 4 façades, the most important being the 2 main façades, including the remarkable northeast one. It is 145m long and 38m tall!

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