Al-Mu'ayyad Sheikh Mosque

Al-Mu'ayyad Sheikh Mosque

The mosque is located in al-Muizz Street, adjacent to Bab Zuwaila. It was founded by Sultan al-Muayyad Shaykh in 818 AH / 1415 AD.

The mosque itself consists of a main open courtyard surrounded by four porticos, the largest of which is the positioned towards qibla (prayer direction). The walls are paneled with marble and the wooden pulpit is inlayed with ivory and mother of pearl. The inscriptions on it gives the name and titles of Sultan al-Muayyad.

The mosque was characterized by its unique construction, whereby its two minarets were built over another monument, Bab Zuweila, which dates to the Fatimid period and is adjacent to the mosque. Together, they formed a wonderful architectural unit. The western minaret bears the name of the mosque’s founder, and the other records the name Muhammad ibn al-Qazzaz, the minaret's architect.

Among the wonderful antiques that adorn this mosque is the large entrance door, which bears the name of Sultan Hassan. Sultan al-Muayyad moved this entrance from the madrasa  of Sultan Hasan to this mosque. It is one of the most beautiful wooden doors paneled with copper.