Madrasa El Unqiya

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Coordinates: 36°47′56″N 10°10′12″E / 36.798817°N 10.170094°E / 36.798817; 10.170094

Madrasa El Unqiya's entrance

Madrasa El Unqiya (Arabic: المدرسة العنقية‎) is one of the madrasahs of the medina of Tunis.

Localization[edit]

It is located in Onk El Jamal Street in the Medina of Tunis.

History[edit]

It was built in 1333 era under the orders of the sister of the Hafsid sultan Abu Yahya Abu Bakr al-Mutawakkil.[1] Muhammad Ibn Abdel-Salam al-Hawari, the professor of Ibn Khaldoun was the first director of this madrasah in 1341.[2] In the 16th century and during the Ottoman era, Ahmed Khodja Dey restored the madrasa and ordered to teach the Hanafite doctrine. It became a classified monument in 19 October 1992.

Evolution[edit]

Door of the madrasah

Nowadays, the madrasa is not used and in danger.

Architecture[edit]

It has the hafsid style of the 14th century and a typical architecture of the madrasa: a hall surrounded with four halls and 14 rooms. It has also an oratory that was used as a teaching and a prayer room in the same time. The facade of the madrasa has a simple decoration.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Khalifa Chater, La Tunisie à travers l'histoire, t. II, Tunis, Centre d'études et de recherches économiques et sociales, 2007, 311 p. (ISBN 978-9973-964-03-8), p. 127
  2. ^ Abdelaziz Daoulatli, Tunis sous les Hafsides, Tunis, Institut national d'art et d'archéologie, 1976, p. 165