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x Gate and liwan of Ismail Ibn Thalab

Ismail Ibn Thalab Gate and Liwan locate in Sidi Uqba Street which becomes a livestock market every Friday. One can see many other tombs that trace back to the 9th century on the sides of this street as well. The Gate and the liwan were established by Ismail, the son of Emir Hisn El-Deen Ismail Ibn Thalab who served as Emir El-hajj, as a kind of charity. Although this gate is lower than the street level now, it is worth visiting for its handsomely carved stones and its ornaments. The gate is supplied with beautiful interlocking arched-panels. It is also decorated on the Ayyubid style using Naskhi Script rather than the Kufic inscriptions that was common in the Ottoman, Mamluk, and Fatimid periods. These Naskhi inscriptions look very beautiful with the arabesque background. The remains that appear above the top of this gate belong to an aisle which was built as a school for teaching El-Shafey Mazhab or rite. The mausoleum of El-Shafey was attached to the aisle later on. The Mihrab of this ruined aisle appears as a keel arch with cusped edge which resembles the Fatimid design.

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