(Religious Endowments Building, currently Al-Hayat Medical Center)

After examining al-Rashidiyya School building, one can move to the corner of Suleiman al-Qanuni and Salah al-Din al-Ayyubi streets, across from Bab al-Sahira, and a few meters down along Sultan Suleiman street.


Modern Buildings Adorned with Heritage Motifs


This refers to  curious entrance, which has old features and is merged into a modern building (al-Awqaf building, #53 in Sultan Suleiman street). This reflects the method used by the Islamic Awqaf Department in its modern buildings, being keen to merge the modern fabric with ornaments from Islamic architectural heritage. Although the building dates back to the 1960s, it exhibits basic traditional features, mainly the use of alternative colors of building courses (Ablaq) in the façade and entrance, the use of special arch designs such as the horseshoe, the ornamenting of the arch pillars on both sides with triangular motifs, a reflection of Sultan Suleiman al-Qanuni Sabils (drinking fountains), and the presence of protruding circular ornaments(discs), reflecting those on the Jerusalem Wall in the 16th century. Among the modern features are the semicircular arches, but with long pillars. This method of adoption from and merging with traditional and modern styles was used, as we shall see, in some special buildings in this trail, namely, the Hindiyya building. 

Entrance of the Awqaf Building