Restoration of Prince Sheikho’s Sabil at Al-Hataba
The Supreme Council of Antiquities began restoring the Prince Sheikho sabil in Al-Hattaba, which is next to the Salah El-Din Citadel.
Dr. Osama Talaat, Head of the Islamic, Coptic and Jewish Antiquities Sector at the Supreme Council of Antiquities, explained that restoration
included the cleaning of the sabil's façade stones and the inscriptions and decorations. He added that Infringements were removed, and an iron fence was placed to protect it. He said that work will continue until the restoration project is completed.
Dr. Talaat said, Sabil Sheikho, is the only model engraved in the rock at the edge of the hill on which the Citadel of Salah al-Din is built. He added that it is also one of the rare examples in the style of the separate sabil that is not attached to a mosque, school, religious or civil facility. It has a single rectangular façade overlooking Bab Al-Wada Street, in the center of which is a hollow apse with five pointed arches in one row, and in the middle of this apse is the entrance opening to the Sabil, where it leads to two rooms following one and the other. The arches on the main façade is adorned with an inscription band decorating the façade of the sabil, in addition to the inscriptions and the (emblem) of Emir Sheikho.
This Sabil was built by Prince Sheikho al-Omari al-Nasiri in the year 775 AH / 1354 CE. Prince Sheikho is the great prince Saif al-Din Sheikh al-Omari al-Nasiri (relative of the Sultan al-Nasir Muhammad ibn Qalawun), who was included in the state until he reached a great position during the reign of Al-Muzaffar Haji Ibn Al-Nasser Muhammad.