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Mausoleum of Tarabay al-Sharifi

Coordinates: 30°02′04″N 31°15′39″E / 30.034555°N 31.260918°E / 30.034555; 31.260918
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Mausoleum of Tarabay al-Sharifi
Patron(amir) Tarabay al-Sharifi
LocationBab al-Wazir Cemetery, al-Darb al-Ahmar, Cairo, Egypt
Mausoleum of Tarabay al-Sharifi is located in Egypt
Mausoleum of Tarabay al-Sharifi
Shown within Egypt
Geographic coordinates30°02′04″N 31°15′39″E / 30.034555°N 31.260918°E / 30.034555; 31.260918
TypeMausoleum, sabil, kuttab
StyleMamluk, Islamic

The Mausoleum of Tarabay al-Sharifi is a late Mamluk funerary complex in Cairo comprising the tomb of amir Tarabay al-Sharifi as well as a sabil and kuttab (primary school), built in 1503–1504.[1] It is located in the Bab al-Wazir Cemetery on the edge of the Darb al-Ahmar district of historic Cairo. An adjacent gate gives access from this district to the rest of the cemetery. It is considered a good example of late Mamluk architecture, combining artistic and ornamental sophistication with practical functionality in the arrangement of its different elements.[1]

The complex of Tarabay includes the mausoleum on the left, and sabil-kuttab on the right, next to a gate.

Amir Tarabay was a mamluk slave purchased by Qaytbay who served as leader of the mamluks in Egypt under the reign of Sultan al-Ghuri (1501–1516).[1][2]

Also adjacent and attached to the same site is the ribat and mausoleum of Azdumur, built in the same period.[1] Azdumur was another mamluk purchased by Qaytbay, though it is unclear what relationship existed, if any, between him and Tarabay.[2]

The site was restored between 2006 and 2009 by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, which has carried out other conservation initiatives in the Darb al-Ahmar area of Cairo.[2]


  1. ^ a b c d Williams, Caroline (2018). Islamic Monuments in Cairo: The Practical Guide (7th ed.). Cairo: American University in Cairo Press. pp. 97–98.
  2. ^ a b c "Tarabay al-Sherif Conservation". Archnet. Retrieved 2019-07-05.