Built at the same time as the northern gates (11th century), beautiful Bab Zuweila is the only remaining southern gate of medieval city of 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 offer one of the best available views of the area. In Mamluk times, the gate was the site of executions, a popular form of street theatre.

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.