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Alabaster Mosque, Cairo, Egypt One of Cairo's many epitaphs is the "City of 1,000 Minarets". Actually, there are more than that, and so it should be no surprise that there are many historical mosques in Egypt, mostly in Cairo. That is why; I have chosen a mosque as my research topic. Not just any mosque, but one of the most famous architectural miracles in Egypt. Mohammed Ali Mosque. The Mohamed Ali Mosque is amongst the most interesting Mosques in Egypt. It stands proudly on the highest point inside the courtyard of the Citadel of Saladin, and is also called the Alabaster Mosque due to its extensive use of that stone on some of the exterior walls and other surfaces. The architect was Yousf Boushnaq, a Turkish man who had come over from Istanbul to build this great Mosque for Mohamed Ali, the ruler of Egypt from 1805 until 1849. He based his plans on the Sultan Ahmad Mosque (Blue Mosque) in Istanbul, and the construction began in 1830 A.D. ...read more.


The location of the mosque is just opposite of the splendid Church of Hagia Sophia. Like the Mohammed Ali Mosque, the Blue Mosque is also surrounded by a courtyard on its three sides and is entered on each side by a total of eight portals and there is a fountain in the middle of the huge courtyard which is used as decorative purposes. However, unlike the Alabaster Mosque the building is basically rectangular with a domed portico and a square extension at the rear. The chandeliers and blue Iznik tiles (from which the mosque takes its name) create a unique sense of lighting inside. The dimensions of the mosque are staggering. The dome rises to about 43 meters high and is 24 meters in diameter. Four pillars hold up the roof; they measure about 5 meters in diameter. It covers an area of 64x72 meters in all. The most original feature of the mosque is the 260 windows through which it is so well lit. ...read more.


care to produce a facility that is child friendly, cost effective to operate and maintain, and technically state-of-the-art based upon Western standards. The thing that caught my eye the most was this huge ball-like design at the front of the building, I tried to search the hospital's website in order to get it's measurements but unfortunately the dimensions are not included in the technical information about the building. However, I concluded that it's definitely not just for decoration purposes, but in there must be some kind of medication room which the light passes through the glass and helps in the healing process. In conclusion, this building will probably make it in Egyptian history as one of our architectural miracles amongst many others. Not just as an amazing design but also as living proof that with some effort, Egypt can always reach high measures concerning architecture, not just in the old days but also in the modern days. RESOURCES: * Live photograph of Alabaster mosque; * www.islamicarchitecture.org * www.greatbuildings.com * www.touregypt.net * www.57357.com Salma M. El Banna. Architecture section. Preparatory Stage. - 1 - ...read more.

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