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Francis Bedford (1815-94)

Tombs of the Memlooks at Cairo [Mausoleum and Khanqah of Emir Qawsun] 25 Mar 1862

RCIN 2700911

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Once the royal party returned to Cairo, Francis Bedford spent some time photographing the sites alone while the Prince undertook a separate programme of events. Bedford visited a number of fine examples of Islamic architecture. Emir Qawsun was one of the most powerful emirs during the fourteenth century. His tomb and khanqah (a large hall for gatherings for prayer and meditation) were built in 1335 – 6. Acquired by the Prince of Wales, 1862