Qubba wa Hawd Ya'qub Shah al-Mihmandar
Cairo, Egypt
This domed cistern, built by Ya'qub Shah, the chief of protocol, in 1495-6, is a memorial structure dedicated by its inscription to the glory of Sultan Qaytbay. The inscription runs along the whole facade, commemorating the victory of Mamluk troops over the Ottomans in the battle of Adana in 1486.


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Rogers, J. M. "The Inscription of the Cistern of Ya'qub Shah al-Mihmandar in Cairo." In Fifth International Congress of Turkish Art. Budapest: Akadémiai Kiadó, 1978.
at the foot of the Citadel, Cairo, Egypt
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1495-1496/901 AH
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Amir Ya'qub Shah al-Mihmandar Cistern and Mausoleum
Qubbat wa-Hawd Ya'qub Shah al-Mihmandar
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