The floor of the open courtyard will be paved with tiles similar to those used in the original design, while the four halls around the open court will be covered in a manner consistent with the mosque’s architectural style to protect the edifice from rain. A new lighting system will be also installed. The third and final phase will include the restoration of the decorative features inside and outside the mosque building.
He originally came from Central Asia and what is now Kazakhstan. He established good relations with many foreign nations, sending ambassadors to the Byzantine Empire and the kingdom of Sicily, and signing commercial treaties with Christian kings in Spain.
Baybars rebuilt the citadels and fortresses in Syria that had been destroyed by the Mongol invasion at the beginning of his rule, and he built advanced military infrastructure including new arsenals, warships and cargo vessels.
The rest of the plan is very similar in design to that of the Fatimid Al-Hakim Mosque, built 250 years earlier, but some modern scholars argue that it looks more like a fortress and consider it to be a symbol of the triumph of Sunni Islam.
In 1812, Sheikh Al-Sharqawi, a prominent sheikh of the time, used some of the mosque’s marble columns to build the Riwaq Al-Sharqawi at Al-Azhar Mosque. It is even rumoured that some of the columns were used to build the Qasr Al-Nil Palace.
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