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x Sabil-Kuttab of Abd El-Rahman Katkhuda

The Sabil-Kuttab of Abd El-Rahman Katkhuda locates in Bab El-Wadae Street and Bayn El Qasrayn area can be seen from the upper floor standing northward the building. The noblemen were usually building these places to provide water to the thirsty, and religious instruction to the ignorant. This Sabil-Kuttab was established by Emir Abd El-Rahman Katkhuda who occupied many prominent positions in the Ottoman period until the betrayal of his Mamluk Ali Beck El-Kabir . He was one of the prominent patrons of architecture in the Ottoman period and is credited to renovating a large number of buildings that still exist in Cairo. This Sabil is admired for its size and the variety of its style of decoration.The influence of the Mamluk style of decoration is obvious in this building in the mosaic-inlaid arches, the corner columns and beautifully decorated lintels around the windows. Meanwhile the Ottoman style of decoration appears in the flowery ornaments over the stone façade of the Sabil in the area between the arches. The interior plan of the Sabil is handsomely beautified with tiles in the form of the Kaba. Like any other Sabil at that time, it involved a cistern for storing the water that was brought from the Nile annually at the time of the flood in the lower base. In the upper floor of the Sabil one can find the Kuttab that was a place for studying Quran and prophetic instructions.

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