AL-SALIH TALA'I MOSQUE

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December 31, 1159
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Mirza Firuz Shah
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Architectural and Building
Abbasid Caliphate 762-1258 AD

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DESCRIPTION

The Mosque of Al Salih Tala'i (Arabic: مسجد الصالح طلائع‎) is a late Fatimid-era mosque built by the vizier Tala'i ibn Ruzzik in 1160. It is located south of Bab Zuweila, just outside the southern entrance to the old walled city of Cairo.

Historical context and background

The mosque was commissioned by the Fatimid vizier Tala'i ibn Ruzzik in 1160. Tala'i was one of the last powerful and competent viziers who maintained a level of stability in the Fatimid Empire in its last decades. As the Fatimid Caliphate was dissolved in 1171, this mosque is the last major Fatimid monume