Sharia Al Mu'izz Li-Din Allah

Sharia Al Mu'izz Li-Din Allah

Sharia Al Mu'izz Li-Din Allah
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Cairo's main street which recently became pedestrian only is filled with historic sites.
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  • Ashraf Ezzat
    Alexandria, Egypt4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Revisiting Medieval Cairo at Al Muizz street ( must visit)
    If you’re visiting Egypt for the first time know that Cairo is certainly not all about the Pyramids and the Sphinx. The Pyramids of Giza are the last standing monument of the seven miracles of the ancient world. But Medieval Cairo will surprise you with equally mesmerizing archeological sites. Muizz Street is by far the most amazing place to visit the Islamic archeological sites that go back to when Cairo was first established as the capital of Egypt. Captivating mosques, Madrassah (religious schools), and Sabils ( public supply for drinkable water) … the architecture is simply diverse and picturesque … the colors are still vibrant and the vibe is mystical. People are friendly, Khan Al Khalili is so near and a lot of good restaurants are situated around the street.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 19 December 2023
  • Timothy H
    4 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Al Muizz heart Islamic Cairo
    Make sure you explore this area. There is one ticket that covers 10 sites, mosques/museums/mausoleums etc. Beautiful architecture. Amazingly well preserved. You can imagine yourself back here nearly a 1000 years. Cairo is so much more than the pyramids. Plus the street is pedestrian so you dont have to worry about being run over for a nice change.
    Visited December 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 25 December 2023
  • Ibrahim
    Kuwait City, Kuwait2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very beautiful
    It's like going back in time. It starts from the ancient walls and is called mosques and palaces. I recommend the Qalawun mosques. There you are allowed to climb the scenic slopes with amazing views. A wonderful experience to live in Islamic Cairo. Don't miss it, you must go, it is very beautiful
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 25 January 2024
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Robert O
Rotterdam, The Netherlands5,437 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
This historic street in the Islamic part of Cairo feels a bit like a tourist trap, but if you go there in the morning with low expectations a visit may be enjoyable. There are nice items for sale: junk, but also good quality. The vendors are very experienced in dealing with tourists. They usually first make a psychological assessment of a potential customer and then determine a price. Make sure you know a price before you engage in bargaining.
Written 30 May 2024
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Ibrahim
Kuwait City, Kuwait2 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
It's like going back in time. It starts from the ancient walls and is called mosques and palaces. I recommend the Qalawun mosques. There you are allowed to climb the scenic slopes with amazing views. A wonderful experience to live in Islamic Cairo. Don't miss it, you must go, it is very beautiful
Written 25 January 2024
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Timothy H
4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
Make sure you explore this area. There is one ticket that covers 10 sites, mosques/museums/mausoleums etc. Beautiful architecture. Amazingly well preserved. You can imagine yourself back here nearly a 1000 years. Cairo is so much more than the pyramids. Plus the street is pedestrian so you dont have to worry about being run over for a nice change.
Written 26 December 2023
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Ashraf Ezzat
Alexandria, Egypt4 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Family
If you’re visiting Egypt for the first time know that Cairo is certainly not all about the Pyramids and the Sphinx. The Pyramids of Giza are the last standing monument of the seven miracles of the ancient world. But Medieval Cairo will surprise you with equally mesmerizing archeological sites. Muizz Street is by far the most amazing place to visit the Islamic archeological sites that go back to when Cairo was first established as the capital of Egypt.
Captivating mosques, Madrassah (religious schools), and Sabils ( public supply for drinkable water) … the architecture is simply diverse and picturesque … the colors are still vibrant and the vibe is mystical. People are friendly, Khan Al Khalili is so near and a lot of good restaurants are situated around the street.
Written 19 December 2023
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Dave_Polpetta
Brussels, Belgium117 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023 • Couples
The place is beautiful but the guards ruin the experience. At two of the buildings the guards do the scam where they block part of the building (which we bought a ticket to see) and then go through the charade of opening it for us, in hopes of getting a tip. They also aggressively push their guiding services. This annoying behavior of the guards has to stop.
Written 1 April 2023
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tuende_pamoja
Muscat, Oman22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2023 • Friends
Best seen at night, in my opinion, when kids walk by eating clouds of sticky cotton candy, when young men pose for photos in the purple and gold lights of the old buildings, when couples stroll together in the cool evening air, and old men play backgammon and smoke shisha in plastic chairs in front of tiny shops. The historical buildings are a living part of the city. The tourists are the minority after dark, and everything feels so alive.
Written 21 January 2023
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TJim60
3,244 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2022
The street is named for the first Fatimid Khalifa of Egypt – Muizz l’Din Allah (Strengthener of the Religion of God). The Fatimids—a North African Ismaili Shiah Dynasty--conquered Egypt in 969 AD and developed Cairo as their capital.

This street ran through the then center of Cairo and later was a major thoroughfare through recent times. The area around the street features in Naguib Mahfouz’s “Cairo Trilogy” set of novels.

Caroline Williams’ “Islamic Monuments in Cairo: A Practical Guide” is quite useful in providing details on the buildings in this street as well as other Islamic sites in Cairo. It includes detailed maps.

If you can read Arabic, Abbas Al Tarabili’s ( عباس الطرابيلى ) book “ شوارع لها تاريخ " has a lot of interesting information on this street as well as others in Cairo. He traces the development of Cairo neighborhood by neighborhood over the years.

Because the street remained central to Cairo over the centuries, there are not only Fatimid buildings, but also those of successor regimes. So a good mix of architectural styles.

Mosques, madrassas (schools), bemaristans (hospitals), sabils (public water dispensaries), hamams (baths).

You can buy a combination entrance ticket valid for entry to 10 sites for LE 100 at the .Qawalun Complex.

The street is also near other important sites, e.g. Azhar Mosque. A short walk to Bab al Zuweila, Suk al Khaymiyya,

If you walk to the end of the street Bab Al Futuh, you will notice a small green dome near the gate. The Tomb of Hassan Thawq. A southern Egyptian charged with resolving differences between the young men at the Bab Al Futuh.

Disappointed with his failure to achieve peace, he packed up his belongings and prepared to return home. He dropped dead just before the gate and is buried in a small tomb on the right as you exit.

It is said that if two or more people in Cairo are fighting, the statement “Hassan Thawq has not left Cairo” will calm things down. But only if said in Arabic.

Over the centuries Egyptian armies exited to campaigns via the Bab al Futuh and returned through the Bab al Nasr (Gate of Victory) on the right as you exit Futuh.

There are portions of the Fatimid and Ayubid walls on the main street outside Futuh.

Well worth a visit.
Written 30 October 2022
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Gene R J
Silver Spring, MD9,847 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2022
We took an Uber($3) for 4.2 km east to the entrance of this historic part of Old Cairo. Once getting over the limited access highway, we took a 1.2 km walk to see a 13th C mausoleum, the 13th C Qualawun Complex and up to the 14th C Beshtak Palace, then retraced to the classic El Fishawi Cafe and a view of the 10th C Al-Azhar Mosque. From here, we easily accessed a taxi back toward Tahrir Square.
Written 29 March 2022
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podrozniczka60
New Jersey16,049 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2021
Very interesting area of the city of Cairo can by explored as a part of Islamic Cairo tour. Various examples of Islamic architecture. Mosques and prominent houses. Many small fascinating stores. The sights, the smells, the impressions are quintessentially Egyptian here
Written 12 January 2022
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Abdulmohsen Al hajri
Saudi Arabia8 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2021 • Solo
Nice Historical traditional shops and cultural cafes .Take photos .Old Islamic Architecture. It is good to visit all area in one trip including Khan Akhalele , Alhussain mosque and Alazhar mosque all close to each other then dine in traditional Egyptian restaurants. Notes that all mosques are only opened shortly in prayer times due to corona crisis.
Written 28 July 2021
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