Palace of Mangak al-Yusufi al-Silahdar

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Type Historical
Open not accessible
Photography Allowed


Location: Suq el-Silah street, behind Sultan Hassan Mosque


Not wheelchair friendly

At the corner of Suq al-Silah street we find a ruined domed structure that was once a palace built between 1346-47, all that remain now is the gate to the palace of Mangak al-Yusufi al-Silahdar (the sword bearer or armorer ).

The gate was built at the beginning of his career, and his blazon with the sword of office is a prominent decoration. The shallow dome is also interesting as an example of a pure pendentive system.

This gate was at the edge of Suq al-Silah, the Armorers’ Bazaar, whose location near the Citadel was a logical consequence of its strategic importance and of the number of Mamluks quartered in the fortress. The trade of metalworking continues in this area today.

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Published: 12 Dec 2018 Last update: 28 Jun 2020