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The architectural group of Prince Suleiman Agha Al-Silahdar

One of the landmarks of Al-Muizz Li-Din Allah Al-Fati Street, established by Prince Suleiman Agha Al-Silhdar, one of the princes of Muhammad Ali Pasha the Great, 1255 AH, 1839 AD. It is the architectural group of Prince Suleiman Agha Al-Silahdar.


A distinctive architectural group consisting of a mosque for religious rites, a watering facility for passersby, as well as kotab. This architectural group has three entrances, the eastern one leads to a vestibule, then a staircase ascending to the mosque, the southern one leads to the vestibule leading to the cistern, the sabil and the kotab, and the third one is located in the tribal facade of the mosque, and leads to the mosque and the fountain. This group was influenced by European arts in the Renaissance period of the 18th and 19th centuries AD, where the facade of the group is crowned with an outward slanting wooden flap with floral motifs, which reflects the Turkish Roman style influenced by European arts. We also find marble decorations and oil colors on the wooden ceilings, which In turn, it reflects the Ottoman arts influenced by the European arts of that period.


As we mentioned in the previous paragraph, the architectural group consists of a mosque, a sabil and kuttab. For the mosque, it was built in the style of Ottoman mosques. One of the things that distinguishes the mosque is that it is decorated with wooden motifs that mix between the inherited oriental "arabesque" and western elements. Also, the presence of what is known as the "Malqaf", which is responsible for the ventilation of the halls inside the mosque. And for the sabil, it consists of a rectangular room, with its southeastern wall four windows for the sewer, and in the sitting of each window, there is an oval marble basin. The sabil is covered with a flat wooden roof with rococo motifs.


We conclude our article by talking about the kuttab, which is also a rectangular room, on its southeast wall there are four windows overlooking Al-Moez street, and on the northwest wall, two windows overlooking the vestibule leading to the path. In the middle of the southwestern wall is a rectangular wall cupboard on which two wood door sashes are closed. Like the sabil, the kuttab ceiling is covered with flat wood decorated with rococo motifs.