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Al Burtasi Mosque

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Tripoli, Tripoli district

Al Burtasi Mosque is one of the most beautiful mosques and madrasahs, which means “a place of education”, from Mamluk Tripoli, in the north. It is located in Bab El-Hadid district, on the west bank of the river. It was built by Isa Ben Omar El-Burtasi El-Qurdi, around the year 1310 to be a mosque and a madrasah (school) for those who are looking for religious education. Its construction combines many unique architectural features. Its distinct Andalusian style minaret stands over a half-dome. Its mihrab, which is a niche that indicates the direction of the Kaaba in Mecca for prayer, is distinguished from all the other mihrabs of Lebanon by the gold mosaics and miniatures that represent a cup from which leafy branches stick out. This mosque is also characterized by a huge cupola, which is dome like structure on top of a building, under which stands the marble ablution fountain used for ritual washing before entering prayer.