Monday, June 12, 2017

The Blue Mosque

Actually, there is more than one Blue Mosque.  The one in Cairo is also known as The Aqsungur Mosque, named for it's builder, Emir ad-Din Aqsunqur.  It was built in 1347, around the mausoleum of Sultan al-Ashraf Kujuk.  It was restored in 1652, when blue and green tiles were added to it's exterior.  In 1908, the Comite de Conservation des Monuments de art Arabe, obviously a French arts organization, did another restoration on the building.  And finally, in 1992, after an earthquake, there was yet another restoration.  And at 670 years old, I think we can expect a few more rebuilds.

For the record, the design is an open courtyard, surrounded by four arcades.  It has five doemes and a minaret.  And that tower in the background is The Citadel of Saladin.

This card was sent to "Mrs. R.M. Dennis, P.O. Box 183, Coscob, Conn USA."  And the message, "Cairo, Have Gotten this far around the world.  Regards."

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