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Sabil-Kuttab of Qaytbay

Coordinates: 30°01′51″N 31°15′17″E / 30.03083°N 31.25472°E / 30.03083; 31.25472
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Sabil-Kuttab of Sultan Qaytbay
Native name
Arabic: سبيل وكتـّاب السلطان قايتباي
View of the sabil-kuttab from Saliba street.
TypeSabil; kuttab
Coordinates30°01′51″N 31°15′17″E / 30.03083°N 31.25472°E / 30.03083; 31.25472
FounderSultan al-Ashraf Qaytbay
Built1479 CE (884 AH)
Restored bySupreme Council of Antiquities; Agencia Española de Cooperacion Internacional
Current usetourist attraction (historic site); the Suzanne Mubarak Center for Islamic Civilization
Architectural style(s)Mamluk, Islamic

The Sabil-Kuttab of Sultan Qaytbay is a Mamluk-era charitable foundation and building in Cairo, Egypt. It was built in 1479 on the order of Sultan al-Ashraf Qaytbay and is located on Saliba Street in the historic districts of Cairo.[1][2][3]

The building is composed of a sabil (a water distribution kiosk) on the ground floor and a kuttab (primary school teaching the Qur'an) on the upper floors. Below the structure, underground, is a cistern from which water was drawn for the sabil. The structure was the first free-standing sabil-kuttab in Cairo; a type of building that would later become quite common during the Ottoman period.[4]


See also



  1. ^ Williams, Caroline (2018). Islamic Monuments in Cairo: The Practical Guide (7th ed.). Cairo: The American University in Cairo Press. p. 289.
  2. ^ Torky, Tarek (2019). "Sabil (Water Dispensary) and Kuttab (Qur'anic School) of Sultan Qaytbay". Discover Islamic Art, Museum With No Frontiers. Retrieved November 6, 2019.
  3. ^ Behrens-Abouseif, Doris. 2007. Cairo of the Mamluks: A History of Architecture and its Culture. Cairo: The American University in Cairo Press.
  4. ^ Blair, Sheila S.; Bloom, Jonathan (1995). The Art and Architecture of Islam: 1250-1800. New Haven; London: Yale University Press. pp. 92.