The Palace of Amir Qawsun was constructed across from the Citadel between 1333-1336 on the orders of al-Nasir Muhammad. Part of a residential architectural trend that developed in Mamlunk Cairo from the late thirteenth century into the mid fourteenth century, the palace's main qa'a, or reception hall has a cross-axial four-iwan plan.
Yashbak min Mahdi, an important amir under Sultan Qaytbay (1468-1496), later made additions to the palace.
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