01 May 2020

Aslam al-Silahdar Mosque

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The following information is taken from the American Research Center in Egypt's webpage here: https://www.arce.org/aslam-al-silahdar-mosque 

'The mosque, built in 1344-45 by Amir Aslam al-Silahdar, is among the masterpieces of Mamluk architecture in Cairo, but time has taken a heavy toll. Work by the Comité de Conservation des Monuments de l'Art Arabe in the early 20th century saved the building from perishing altogether, but by 2000, it was in urgent need of conservation. Located in a busy traditional neighborhood at the connecting point between the recently conserved Bab Zuwayla and Al-Azhar Park, the mosque was selected as an ideal catalyst for local development through cultural tourism. In 2006, ARCE entered into an institutional partnership with the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) to oversee and fund conservation work.'

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