Al-Khanqa Al-Salahiyya

Sultan Salah al-Din al-Ayyubi (Saladin) is considered the first ruler to take the initiative to establish religious madrassas (Khanqas) and Zawaya in Jerusalem, especially when he declared al-Khanqa al-Salahiyya a religious property (Waqf) in 583 Hijri / 1187 AD.

It is still operating actively in the Christian Quarter until today, at the end of the street named after it: al-Khanqa al-Salahiyya Street, or al-Khanqi for short. Al-Khanqa was declared as a Waqf (religious endowment) in 585 Hijri / 1189 AD. Al-Khanqa is composed of a large entrance with a triple arch built with alternating stone colors (Ablaq), in addition to a number of other architectural units.