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Murjaneyya School & Khan Murjan, Baghdad

Murjaneyya School
Known today as Murjan Mosque, this school is in Shorjah at Al-Rashid Street. It was built by Aminuddin Murjan in 1357, that is, a century after the end of the Abbasids. In its early days it had rooms for students, like Al-Mustansereyya School, but early in this century the school was pulled down, except for some parts, and replaced by a mosque.

Murjaneyya School (Murjan Mosque)

Khan Murjan
Originally designed as an inn (the oldest in Baghdad) for traveling merchants, and the dwelling place of the many university scholars of Murjaneyya School. Built in 1358 AD in the western sector of the city, and has a central hall more than 14 meters high. The khan contains a large number of rooms distributed on two stories around a closed paved courtyard. To reach the upper rooms there is an elevated path built on brick-ornamented arches. The crenellated arches of brick and perforated windows make this a fascinating piece of architecture.

It suffered neglect in later times until it was saved and reconstructed in 1935 and turned into museum of Arab antiquities. Today Khan Murjan is a first class restaurant where Iraqi dishes are served and folkloric music performed at night.
 

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