Blue Mosque or <a href="https:\/\/www.khanacademy.org\/humanities\/art-islam\/islamic-art-late-period\/a\/the-blue-mosque-sultan-ahmet-camii">Aqsunqur Mosque<\/a> is an example of early Mamluk religious architecture. Built in 1347 by \u201dAmir Aqsunqur\u201d, it is located at Tabbana Quarter in Cairo, between Bab Zuweila and Citadel of Salah El-Din.\r\n\r\nThe <a href="https:\/\/see.news\/el-luluah-mosque-guest-house-for-foreign-visitors\/">mosque<\/a> include a funerary complex containing the mausoleums of its founder Shams El-Din Aqsunqur, his sons and number of children of the Bahri Mamluk sultan El-Nasir Muhammad. It\u2019s first restoration came in 1652 under the Ottoman by \u201dAmir Ibrahim Agha Mustafazan\u201d and included refurbishing the sanctuary with the blue \u201dIznik\u201d.\r\n\r\n<img class="aligncenter" src="https:\/\/see.news\/wp-content\/uploads\/2018\/11\/EGY_Blu_Mosque_JPEG_Hero_EGY_Blu_Mosque-300x200.jpg" \/>\r\n<p style="text-align: center"><span style="color: #ff0000"><strong>Aqsunqur Mosque<\/strong><\/span><\/p>\r\nThe general layout of the mosque consists of a large open courtyard enclosed by four arcades. There are three main entrances with the main portal opening into the western arcade and structure uses Western European style capitals.\r\n\r\nOnly part of the mosque that continues to employ Aqsunqur\u2019s interior design is the \u201dqibla\u201d wall which uses cross vaults that rest on octagonal shaped piers. The technique of cross vaults is a reflection of Islamic Syrian architectural influence. \u201dMihrab\u201d include the hood\u2019s relief painted carvings, fluctuating lintel panels, marble panels, carved marble registers and mosaic inlay.\r\n\r\n<img class="aligncenter" src="https:\/\/see.news\/wp-content\/uploads\/2018\/11\/blue-mosque-cairo-6-300x167.jpg" \/>\r\n<p style="text-align: center"><span style="color: #ff0000"><strong>Blue Mosque<\/strong><\/span><\/p>\r\nThe handrail is also built of marble and has a pattern of rolling leaf and grape clusters carved from the stone.\r\n\r\nThe minaret is situated at the southern corner of the facade looking into Bab El-Wazir Street. It consists of three stories and Its circular shaft is rare among Mamluk minarets before restoration in 20th century.\r\n\r\n<img class="aligncenter" src="https:\/\/see.news\/wp-content\/uploads\/2018\/11\/30119438210_95c9565d25_b-300x200.jpg" \/>\r\n\r\nWorld Monuments Fund\u2019s long standing collaboration with the \u201dAga Khan Trust\u201d for Culture \u201dAKTC\u201d has resulted in the conservation of several monuments in Cairo\u2019s historic Darb El-Ahmar area where Blue Mosque being the most recent. This project, initiated in 2009, was responsible for conserving the historic interior.