HANDS ON Traditional Crafts at The City of the Dead in Cairo

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Tombs of Princess Shawikar, (died A.D.1947 / 1366 A.H. and of Princess Ruqayya `Abd al-Halim A.D.1952 / 1371 A.H. (both unlisted)

These two tombs of women of the royal family located across the modern street from the complexes of Amir Kebir Qurqumas and Sultan Inal are examples of how the form of a Mamluk domed mausoleum was re-interpreted in the mid-20th century.

 

The further north, on a triangular lot, was built for Princess Shawikar, who was the wife of Prince (later King) Fu’ad. They divorced after the death of their son, and later the Princess married in turn four more distinguished men. She was famous for the grand receptions hosted in her palace in Cairo. The mausoleum also includes burials of other important members of royal and aristocratic families.

 

The slightly smaller tomb to the south is that of Princess Ruqayya `Abd al-Halim.