Mosque of Al-Hakim
Built into the northern walls, this mosque is the work of the sixth Fatimid ruler of Egypt, who took the throne at the age of 11 and...
Just south of Suleiman’s sabil, the narrow lane Darb al-Asfar runs to the east. With its new paving stones and elaborate mashrabiyya ...
Khanqah & Mausoleum of Sultan Beybars al-Gashankir
Built in 1310, this khanqah is one of the city’s first. It’s distinguished by its stubby minaret, topped with a small ribbed dome....
Bab al-Futuh information
The square-towered Bab an-Nasr (Gate of Victory) and the rounded Bab al-Futuh were built in 1087 as the two main northern entrances to the walled Fatimid city of Al-Qahira. Walk along the outside and you'll see what an imposing bit of military architecture the whole thing is.
When current renovations are done (any year now), visitors should be able to get access to the top of the walls and inside the gates themselves, and see inscriptions left by Napoleon's troops as well as carved animals and Pharaonic figures on the stones scavenged from the ruins of ancient Memphis.