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(No. 32) Just to its south is the Khanqa, or sufi monastery, and Mausoleum of Baybars al-Gashankir, "the taster," built between 1306 and 1310. Cairo's famous medieval annalist, al-Maqrizi, calls it "the most magnificent monument of Cairo, the largest and the most solidly constructed; the proof of the quality of the construction of his khanqa is that it has never needed repair, from its foundation to this day" (Creswell, vol. 2, p. 249). Baybars might have wished a comparably long life for himself, but he was sultan only from 909 to 910, when he abdicated, fled, and was captured and strangled. His name was removed from the tomb's inscription band.

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