Madressa al-Manjakiyah is an Mamluk era former school located on the western wall of Masjid al-Aqsa, to the left when entering the mosque from the Inspector’s Gate. It is attributed to its founder and Waqf registrar, Saif Ad-Din Manjak Al-Yousifi An-Nasiri and is dated from the 14th Century CE (8th Century AH).
- The building comprises of two floors which have a large covered corridor and include many rooms and halls of different sizes.
- Built initially as a school, it was turned into a house towards the end of the Ottoman era. It also served as a shelter for foreigners who visited Jerusalem.
- During the British Mandate it became an elementary school and was later renovated by the Supreme Islamic Council to use as its headquarters of the Jerusalem Waqf Directorate.
References: A guide to al-Aqsa mosque – PASSIA