Nov 13, 2014

Egypt & Nubia, Volume III, No. 8: Mosque of Sultan Hassan, Cairo

Egypt & Nubia, Volume III, No. 8: Mosque of Sultan Hassan, Cairo


Louis Haghe

(British, 1806–1885)

after David Roberts

(Scottish, 1796–1864)

Color lithograph

Gift of J. Byers Hays 1953.532



The mosque and madrasa, school, of Sultan Hassan was built between 1356 and 1363 during the Mamluk period (1250–1517) in Egypt. The prestige of the project attracted craftspeople from across the Islamic world, which likely contributed to its innovative design. It is possible that stone from the Great Pyramid of Giza was used in its construction. This print features the central courtyard (sahn) with ablutions fountain (for washing one’s hands, feet, and face before prayer) and two of four monumental iwans, three-walled, vaulted rectangular halls. The interior walls and floor are covered in lavish stone and marble mosaics.

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PR - Lithograph
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Gift of J. Byers Hays

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