Bab Zuweila

Bab Zuweila information

Cairo , Egypt
Address
Street Sharia al-Muizz li-Din Allah
Prices
adult/student E£15/8
Opening hours
8.30am-5pm
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Lonely Planet review

Built at the same time as the northern gates (11th century), beautiful Bab Zuweila is the only remaining southern gate of medieval Al-Qahira. Visitors may climb the ramparts, where some intriguing exhibits about the gate’s history are in place. The two minarets atop the gate, also open to visitors, offer one of the best available views of the area. In Mamluk times, the space in front of the gate was the site of executions, a popular form of street theatre, with some victims being sawn in half or crucified. The spirit of a healing saint was (and still is) said to reside behind one towering wooden door, which supplicants have studded with nails and teeth as offerings over the centuries.