Sharia al-Muizz li-Din Allah

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Cairo , Egypt
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Sharia al-Muizz, as it’s usually called, named after the Fatimid caliph who conquered Cairo in AD 969, was Cairo's grand thoroughfare, once chock-a-block with storytellers, entertainers and food stalls. The part of Sharia al-Muizz just north of Khan al-Khalili’s gold district is known as Bein al-Qasreen , a reminder of the great palace complexes that flanked the street during the Fatimid era. Great Mamluk complexes provide one of Cairo’s most impressive assemblies of minarets, domes and striped-stone facades.

These days the street has been redone, from new pavement to the tips of the minarets of the monuments along its length. During daytime vehicle-free hours (9am-10pm), visitors may comfortably gawk at the sites without fear of being flattened by traffic. One stretch of the street is occupied by small places selling sheeshas, braziers and pear-shaped cooking pots for fuul (fava beans). Soon the stock expands to crescent-moon minaret tops, coffee ewers and other copper products, hence its more popular name, Sharia an-Nahaseen (Street of the Coppersmiths). Stroll along and admire the medieval architecture mixed with Cairo's hustle and bustle.