Saliba street is one of the roads that radiates out of the citadel square, it connects between the citadel and sayda Zeinab squares. The first time I visited Saliba St. was about 7 years ago. I remember falling in love with the place.
Old monuments side by side with old mosques and old neighborhoods, narrow alleys and coffee shops. The first time with my friends was an expedition to discover old Cairo. It was on Friday I guess and we wanted to have breakfast along the way, we came across a simple Falafel restaurant but there where no place for us to sit and enjoy a simple meal, I remember how the people were nice to us, a supermarket owner pulled us chairs and offered us a place to eat.
I wonder if there were more future to the place than getting lost between expanding dwellings.
|location of the two mosques from the distinctive landmarks|
Figure 1 Madrasa of Amir Sarghitmish
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Figure 2 The hallway that leads to the courtyard
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Figure 3 The cat and walls of the
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The moment I entered the madrasa I felt isolated from the entire surrounding I entered from the remarkable gate into a few small steps to the corridor and then to the main courtyard, it’s a place where you can sit and relax from the outside noise of Cairo just for a little while, a cat is always there to accompany you and the mosque is not so often visited by tourists so it’s a place where you can maintain a calm state of mind.
Figure 8 Interior view of The Mihrab topped by round window
(Photo credit: John A. and Caroline Williams)