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Denis Baly


A side view of the magnificent entrance portal of the Complex of Hasan (part of the north façade of the building). "The extraordinary portal … rising thirty-seven meters above the current street level, is crowned by a superb muqarnas semidome and flanked by spiral-cut pilasters and vertical panels. The unfinished state of the carving on many of the panels shows that large decorative elements were cut to size before they were erected, while small ones were carved in place ... The carved stone decoration around the portal is of the highest quality and includes such Chinese motifs as chrysantheums and lotus flowers" (82, Blair). -MA (Source: Blair, Sheila S., and Jonathan M. Bloom. The Art and Architecture of Islam: 1250–1800. New Haven and London: Yale University Press, 1994.)


Cairo, Egypt



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