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

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Tomb of Gulshayni (No.100), CA A.D.1468 / 873 A.H.

The tomb is believed to have been built for Qaytbay before he became sultan, and later incorporated into his larger complex. The present name comes from an Ottoman period Sufi shaykh (apparently a different person from Shaykh al-Gulshayni who is buried in a takiya near Bab Zuwayla). The small stone dome set on a very simple single-stepped octagonal zone-of-transition is decorated in carved floral patterns similar to those on the dome over the tomb of Sultan Qaitbay, also of exquisite craftsmanship, although in al-Gulshayni they are much simpler.