Mosque of Al Mu’ayyad Shaykh


Built into the Fatimid walls between 1415 and 1421, the red-and-white-striped Mosque of Al Mu’ayyad Shaykh was laid out on the site of a prison where its patron Mamluk sultan had earlier languished. Its entrance portal, dripping with stalactite vaulting, is particularly grand. The enormous bronze door is thought to have been pilfered from the Mosque of Sultan Hassan. The elegant twin minarets soaring over the gate of Bab Zuweila have become one of the city's landmarks.

Lonely Planet's must-see attractions

Nearby Cairo attractions

1. Sabil of Muhammed Ali Pasha

0.05 MILES

This elegant 1820 sabil (public fountain) was the first in Cairo to have gilded window grilles and calligraphic panels in Ottoman Turkish. It has been…

2. Bab Zuweila

0.05 MILES

Built in the 11th century, beautiful Bab Zuweila was an execution site during Mamluk times, and today is the only remaining southern gate of the medieval…

3. Tentmakers Market

0.09 MILES

The ‘Street of the Tentmakers’ is one of the remaining medieval speciality quarters – it takes its name from the artisans who produce the bright…

4. Mosque of Qijmas Al Ishaqi

0.17 MILES

This remarkable mosque, built in 1481 by Prince Sayf Al Din Qijmas, above a row of shops, is one of Cairo's best examples of Mamluk architecture. Its…

5. Carpet & Clothes Market

0.19 MILES

The street between Al Ghouri’s mosque and the mausoleum, and the area around, was historically the city’s silk market. While it isn’t a particularly great…

6. Mosque-Madrassa of Al Ghouri

0.21 MILES

On the western side of Sharia Al Muizz, opposite the mausoleum, is the second part of Al Ghouri's funerary complex, the intimate and richly decorated…

7. Mausoleum of Al Ghouri

0.21 MILES

The penultimate Mamluk sultan Al Ghouri built his funerary complex in 1504, on both sides of Sharia Al Muizz. At the age of 78, Al Ghouri was beheaded in…

8. Wikala of Al Ghouri

0.22 MILES

Built in AD 1504 by the Mamluk sultan Al Ghouri, this wikala was originally designed as an inn for traders following the caravan routes from the east and…