Bab Zuweila is one of three remaining gates in the walls of the Old City of Cairo Egypt. It was also known as Bawabbat al-Mitwali during the Ottoman period, and is sometimes spelled Bab Zuwayla. It is considered one of the major landmarks of the city and is the last remaining southern gate from the walls of Fatimid Cairo in the 11th and 12th century. Its name comes from Bab, meaning "Door", and Zuwayla, the name of a tribe of Berber warriors from the western desert, members of which were charged with guarding the gate.ArchitectureThe city of Cairo was founded in 969 as the royal city of the Fatimid's Dynasty. In 1092, Badr al-Jamali had a second wall built around Cairo. Bab Zuweila was the southern gate in this wall. It has twin towers (minarets) which can be accessed via a steep climb. In earlier times they were used to scout for enemy troops in the surrounding countryside, and in modern times, they are hailed for providing one of the best views of Old Cairo.The structure also has a famous platform. Executions would sometimes take place there, and it was also from this location that the Sultan would stand to watch the beginning of the Hajj, the annual pilgrimage to Mecca.Sometimes the severed heads of criminals would be displayed along the tops of the walls. This was done as recently as 1811, when the severed heads of Mamluks from the Citadel massacre were mounted on spikes here.Plan a Cairo trip in moments using our itinerary builder.
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Bab Zuweila Reviews
A must visit when in Cairo! Bab Zuweila is one of the Gates to the old walled city of Cairo. It has 2 beautiful minarets which offer an exhilarating climb and epic views to match across cairo once at ... more »
The gate is one of the few remaining g gates of old Cairo, with two minarets on top of it. You pay a small entrance fee and just start climbing, the view is awesome from the top of the minarets, you w... more »
Very nice area with a lot of great architecture and history. I subtracted a star because when I went there was so many people and vehicles cross-crossing about that it was stressful to get around. I recommend going early morning.
Good architecture, the explanation sign has really little info, should be improved for solo travellers
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