The Complex of Sultan Ashraf Barsbey

Exploring the Sultan Ashraf Barsbey Complex: A Historical Jewel in Cairo's Northern Cemetery

Nestled amidst the historic Northern Cemetery, the Sultan Ashraf Barsbey complex stands as a testament to the architectural grandeur of a bygone era. This significant site, positioned between the Mosque of Qaitbey and the tomb of Sultan Barquq, is an integral part of Cairo’s rich historical tapestry.

Enclosed within a robust stone wall, the complex has witnessed the passage of time, with parts of it, like the Sufi learning center and student hostels, succumbing to disrepair. However, the mosque-madrassa within the complex remains a resilient structure, proudly accessible to visitors and history enthusiasts alike.

Sultan Barsbey, who reigned from 1422 to 1438, was not only a ruler but also a patron of architecture. Apart from this complex, he commissioned another mosque on Sharia Al-Muizz, adjacent to Sharia Al-Muski. It is within this complex, though, that Sultan Barsbey chose his final resting place. His tomb is a masterpiece, crowned by a dome resplendent with intricate star patterns. These designs are reminiscent of ancient chevron motifs, while also echoing the elegance of the dome of Qaitbey.

The interior of the complex is equally striking, with floors laid in exquisite marble. Adding to the sanctity of the site is an altar crafted from ivory, a rare and luxurious material, indicative of the complex’s historical significance.

A visit to the Sultan Ashraf Barsbey complex offers more than just a glimpse into Cairo’s history; it’s an immersive journey into the artistic and cultural zenith of the Mamluk era, where every stone and carving speaks volumes of the city’s glorious pa

Created On May 4, 2020

Updated On January 26, 2024

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