Mustansiriya Madrasah, one of the oldest universities in the world

Mustansiriya Madrasah is one of the oldest Islamic buildings, primarily used for education, in the world. It was built in 1227 during the Abbasid period. Madrasah is the arabic word for any type of educational centre and is used to describe universities as well as schools.

Mustansiriya Madrasah ©Flickr salam pax

Mustansiriya Madrasah ©Flickr salam pax

The Mustansiriya Madrasah is a beautiful ancient building and can be found on the left bank of the Tigris River. It has been restored after the Mongul invasion. Mustansiriya Madrasah is one of Baghdad’s main sights for tourists.

In 1235, a water-powered alarm clock was completed in the entrance hall of the Mustansiriya Madrasah. It announces the time and especially the hours of prayer. That Clock is one of the earliest clocks working by day and by night.Similar Posts: