"Bab el-Futuh (Gate of Conquest)" Khan el Khalili Tip by Blatherwick

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  Bab el-Futuh (Gate of Conquest)
by Blatherwick
 
 

In 1087 Badr ad-Din el-Gamali, the visor of El-Mustansir, constructed fortifications for Cairo. In this plan, three main gateways were to provide access to the city. These massive gates are called the Bab el-Futuh (Gate of Conquest), Bab an-Nasr (Gate of Victory) and Bab Zuwaila.

The Bab el-Futuh consists of a huge vaulted opening carved from a massive block of stone and flanked by two rounded towers. It marks the northern boundary of the old Fatimid City. In past times, the great caravan of pilgrims that returned each year from Mecca entered this gate and made their way to the Citadel.

Address: Islamic Cairo (Al Galal St.)
Directions: From Midan Ataba walk east straight along Sharia al-Azhar or Muski. Alternatively it's about 5 EPs for a cab from downtown. It's at the north end of Islamic Cairo.
Website: http://www.menahousehotel.com/dining.html

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated May 31, 2006
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