Sabil-Kuttab of Abd al-Rahman Katkhuda

 Sabil-Kuttab of Abd al-Rahman Katkhuda

This Sabil is located at the intersection of al-Muizz and Tambakshiya streets. Prince Abd al-Rahman Katkhuda al-Qazdagli, an Ottoman military man,

established it in 1157 AH / 1744 AD. Prince Katkhuda was interested in constructing various buildings in Cairo. The entrance door, which overlooks Tambakshiya street, is surmounted by an inscription consisting of verses of poetry, the name of the founder and the date of completion. There is also a square space inside in which the names of the ‘sleepers of the cave’ were carved and encircled.

The sabil consists of a rectangular sabil room and its three facades. Each façade had a copper window and was fronted on the outside with marble basins that held the cups for drinking.

The sabil’s interior walls were paneled with ceramic tiles (faience) decorated with various ottoman floral motifs.  Some tiles bear an illustration of the Great Mosque in Mecca and verses from the Quran.

Above the sabil was kuttab or a school dedicated to teaching Muslim orphans the Holy Qur’an and the prophetic traditions.​