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Bab Zuweila, Cairo: 5 reviews and 10 photos

  An Orientalist Painting of Bab Zuweila
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  • An Orientalist Painting of Bab Zuweila - Cairo
      An Orientalist Painting of Bab Zuweila
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  • Bab Zuweila (July 2005) - Cairo
      Bab Zuweila (July 2005)
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  • The Twin Minarets (July 2005) - Cairo
      The Twin Minarets (July 2005)
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  • Bab Zuweila & Minarets of al-Mu'ayyad (Dec 07) - Cairo
      Bab Zuweila & Minarets of al-Mu'ayyad (Dec 07)
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The only surviving southern city gate from the Fatimid period, Bab Zuweila was built in 1092. In the 15th century, the stunning red and white striped Mosque of al-Mu'ayyad was built adjacent to Bab Zuweila, while the mosque's twin minarets were constructed over the gate. Until the last century, public executions were held just outside Bab Zuweila. Thanks to European Orientalist painters of the 18th and 19th centuries, the twin minarets and the gate are well recognised as they have frequently been featured in their paintings (see main photo). In 2001-2005, both the mosque and gate underwent a much-needed restoration project that returned them to their former glory. Visitors are permitted to climb the minarets for fantastic views of Cairo. See the attached photos for photos of the gate and the twin minarets.

Address: Bab Zuweila, Fatimid Cairo
Directions: At El-Darb El-Ahmar

Review Helpfulness: 3.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Updated Jul 30, 2009
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