Takeyya Mawlawiyya

Takeyya Mawlawiyya


The Takeyya Mawlawiyya was originally a madrasa, established by Prince Shams al‑Din Sunqur al‑Sa’di in 721 AH / 1321 AD on Siufiyya Street. In 745 AH / 1344 AD, it became more commonly known as the dome of Shaykh Hasan Sadaqah al‑Sharabishi. The school’s plan consists of an open courtyard, of which only a water fountain survives. The court is surrounded by the remains of small Ottoman‑style rooms which were reserved for students.

The Takeyya Mawlawiyya itself was established in 1005 AH / 1595 AD, and served as a hospice for the poor. Its façade was distinguished by a fusion of Mamluk and Ottoman styles. The takeyya became a place of residence for Sufi dervishes of the Mawlawi (Mevlevi) order starting 1225 AH / 1810 AD, and remained so until 1334 AH / 1915 AD, after which it moved to another location.

The most important characteristic of the Takeyya Mawlaweyya is the dome of its ceiling, which is built on twelve wooden pillars. The structure has two floors: the ground floor contains eight rooms with wooden ceilings, and the second contains eight different rooms of different sizes and purposes.

The Dervish stage, built in 1810 AD, is dedicated to Mawlawi gatherings of dhikr, “remembrance”. It is composed of a circular wooden platform surrounded by a wooden handrail which has two doors. Here the dervishes perform circular movements as a form of dhikr. The second floor above this space is reserved for guests and women, and is reached by means of a wooden staircase.











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FOREIGNERS: Adults: EGP 200 / Student: EGP 100 EGYPTIANS/ARABS: Adults: EGP 20 / Student: EGP 10