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Nasseriyah Madrassa

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Brief Notes
  • Location: Nouri district
  • Surface area: 65 m2
  • Commissioned by: Sultan AlNasser Hasan Ibn Muhammad Qalawoon
  • Date of construction: 755-762 H/1352-1359 CE (during the reign of the Sultan AlNasser Hasan Ben Mohammed Ben Kalawoon who took over the Sultanate in Egypt in 748 H/1347 CE)
  • Historical period: Mameluke
  • Characteristics: The Sultan inscribed his renk (motto) on top of the eastern portal.
  • Proprietor: Islamic Awqaf Directorate of Tripoli


Single Large Area: Simple cross-vaulting.

Architectural Features and Decorative Details


South Elevation: Built in alternate courses of black and white stone; completely enclosed by a framing band of zigzag; opened by three simple windows.

Portal Windows: Rises higher than the building; built entirely of white stone; includes a simple rectangular door and a high muqarnas niche consisting of an empty half dome over two rows of a salactite muqarnas on a row of flat muqarnas resting on two flat narrow pendentives.

Windows: Simple openings; lower two topped by a course of joggled stones above lintel.

Signs and Inscriptions

A circular medallation (Rank or motto of the Sultan) is set above the door, in between the pendentives, identifies the builder and by inference the date of construction. It reads as follows: "Glory to our Sultan the King Nasser Hasan Ben Mohammed".

Neigbourhood of the Madrassa

The school stands opposite to the main gate of the Mansouri great mosque at its western side in between Nouriyah school and Khayriyeh Hosn Madrassa.

Additional Notes

Some of its inalienable properties (Wakif) are: several shops located on the western side of Aattar Mosque between the mosque and Jaweesh Khan in Tarbiaa district.

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