Sabil of Umm Mohammed Ali


Most of Cairo's surviving sabils (public fountains) are found in Islamic Cairo, but this gloriously ornate – though heavily dilapidated – example, built in 1867, is in Downtown. Although street vendors have taken up residence around the building, the facade of the upper floor with its intricate calligraphy detailing and woodwork can still be easily admired. The best view of the building as a whole is from the opposite side of the road.

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