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Notes on the Geography of Egypt: Historic Cairo 1: Photo 9

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(No. 15) Same tower and minaret, seen now from inside. Built between 990 and 1013 in the courtyard style of the earlier Mosque of Ahmad ibn Tulun, which is at the southern end of the city (and which is shown at the end of the next chapter), the Mosque of al-Hakim was damaged in an earthquake in 1302. The mabkhara or finial of the minaret was added after that, but the mosque was subsequently abandoned and used variously as a prison, fortress, storehouse, stable, and museum. Its condition today is the result of recent repairs by Bohra Isma'ilis, who rebuilt all the arcades shown here, repaved the courtyard or sahn, and replaced the ablutions fountain, getting a wash here.

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