The Mamluks, who originated in the steppes of central Asia, were the ideal soldiers, imbued with a fighting spirit and loyalty to their Egyptian ruler. When the leadership in Egypt weakened, however, they took over the throne and then its territories. As devout Muslims, they sanctified Jerusalem and adorned its streets with grand buildings: hostels for Muslim pilgrims, schools for mystics and Muslim scholars, mosques, and many other religious structures.
We will trace the magnificent Mamluk heritage in Jerusalem, marvel at the architectural wonders their rulers left behind, and get to know the people behind the buildings.
Who was the Uzbek princess who chose to be buried in Jerusalem? What was chained to Chain Gate? Is there a way around the strict laws of inheritance? Learn the answers to these and other questions in a tour of the streets of Mamluk Jerusalem.
The sites of the tour include Khan al-Sultan, the Khalidi Library, Chain Gate, Tankizia School, and the Palace of Lady Tonshok.