Houses in Islamic Architecture in Egypt
Qasr Bashtak whose main facade on Sharia al-Muizz is identified by
Mashrabiya windows is a unique example of fourteenth century
domestic architecture and the best existing preserved palace of its
time. Its owner, Bashtak, was the son-in-law of Sultan al-Nasir
Muhammad and one of the most powerful
amirs of his time. A lozenge-shaped blazon indicating
Bashtak's title, that of Master of the Robes, is embedded in the
masonry of the side facade above the entrance archway.
The main entrance to the palace is ten meters off Sharia al-Muizz on Darb Qarmiz Street. The staircase leads to the main reception hall of the palace that is topped by a coffered ceiling and overlooked by a side mashrabiya gallery, allowing women to observe the passerby without themselves being seen. The balcony of the palace allows a great view of the adjacent sabil-kuttab of Katkhuda and the mashrabiya on the first and second floor are strategic points for monitoring the bustling crowd of Sharia al-Muizz
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