284 Route 3. CAIRO. Tombs of the Khalifs.
niches, the upper parts of which are shell-shaped, are in the form
of fantastic arches.
Beyond this sebil we reach an open space, on the right side of
which is the *Tomb-Mosque of Kait Bey (p. 266), the finest edifice
among the Tombs of the Khalifs, with a lofty dome and beautiful
The Sahn el-Gam'a was once closed by a mushrebiyeh
which fell in 1872. The rest of the edifice has an open
ceiling, as in the case of
the mandaras (p. 184). The
Dikkeh, in the form of a bal¬
cony, resembles that in the
mosque of Kait Bey adja¬
cent to the mosque of Tulun.
The details are very elab¬
orately executed. Within
the mausoleum are shown
two stones, one of red,
and the other of black
granite, which are said
to have been brought from
Mecca by Kait Bey , and
to bear impressions of the
feet of the prophet. One of
them is covered with a
wooden canopy, and the
other with a bronze dome.
The mosque also contains
a finely carved kursi for the
Koran. The whole edifice
is erected of solid and reg¬
ular masonry. The Minaret
1. Principal Entrance. 2. Sebil with Jle- j rPTriarkable for the ele-
dreseh. 3. Lower part of the Minaret. 4. ls remarkaDie lor tne eie
Sahn el-Gam'a. 5. Liwan with Kibla and ganceof its form. IheDome,
Mimbar. 6. Mausoleum. 7. Tomb of Kait richly adorned with bands
Bey. 8. Dikkeh. of sculpturing, is construct¬
ed of limestone.
After visiting this mosque the traveller may proceed to inspect
the great necropolis. Those who are not fatigued may now walk
towards the Citadel (p. 260) , examining the different boshes,
domes, and smaller monuments on the right and left, and may
then visit the Tombs of the Mamelukes (p. 313) beyond the
Citadel. The embankment of the new railway which runs between
the Tombs of the Khalifs and the quarries of the Mokattam, affords
a good survey of the scene. The traveller who quits the Tombs
about sunset should not omit to ascend the Windmill Hill from the
side next the town (comp. Plan, p. 280), for the sake of the view.