museum of Islamic art is truly a wonderful reservoir of Islamic antiquities.
It has a vast supplement of about 10200 artifacts that one cannot explore
in a single day. The museum displays arts from the different Islamic eras
that Egypt passed through including the Fatimid, Turkish and Persian periods.
From the Fatimid Period, one can find a fine collection of wooden panels,
which are the only surviving pieces of the Western Palace of Al Kahira
Palace. And people love the craftsmanship of the Mihrabs of the tombs
of Sayeda Ruqayya and Sayeda Nafeesa.
From the Ayyoubid Period one may find the beautifully carved wooden tabut
(casket) of Al Hussein in addition to fine inlaid brass candlesticks.
From the Mamluk period there is a collection of enameled mosque lamps
as well as inlays of metal, wood and marble on pieces of furniture and
various objects. And the Tatar El Higaziya provides us the minbar from
their Madrasa (Mausoleum). The boxes of the Quran that once belonged to
Sultan Shaaban are real pieces of art representing meticulous
crafting. The beautiful Iranian and Turkish carpets are simply eye catching.
The courtyard area contains a lovely nineteenth century Fountain obtained
from the Monasterli Palace on Rhoda Island.
antiquities are only a fraction of the displays in the museum. They are
only examples of the most prominent artifacts in the museum. The museum
of Islamic Art is in Bab El Khalq Square in the Egyptian library. Take
Port Saed Square to reach the intersection with Muhammad Ali St. in Ahmad
Maher Square. The museum is open throughout the week from 9 am to 4 p.m.
except on Fridays, when it is open from 9:30 am to 11:30 am and from 1:30
p.m. to 4p.m.
On the other hand, in you take a look at Cairo you will find Islamic architecture
every where. Old (Historic) Cairo is an open museum of the beautiful architecture
of Islam where one may find that geometrical shapes are the main elements
of this fine art. This is because in Islam it is thought that images of
people is a return to pagan idolatry ages. So instead, Islamic art is
uses designs (arabesque). Islamic art has changed with the change of ruling
periods. This evolution of Islamic art started from the Fatimid period.
Examples of architecture of the Fatimid period are the Azhar mosque and
El hakim Be Amr Allah mosque. The following period was that of the Ayyubids,
and the citadel is the best example of the art and architecture of this
time interval in Egypt. The Mausoleum of Sultan Al Mansour Qalawon symbolizes
the Bahri Mamluk period.
Mamluks follow the Bahri Mamluks and they built many educational buildings
like the Mausoleum of El Zahir Baybers and the mausoleum of Sultan El
Ghuri. The mosque of Mohammed Ali embodied Ottoman period.