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Bab Zuweila - Cairo Gates

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  • 05 16, 2023

Bab Zuweila | Gates of Cairo 

Bab Zuweila used to be the south gate of the city for many years during the Fatimid period and is one of the oldest gates and things to see in Cairo. It was built in 1090.

In Mamluke city the Fatimid walls pushed up against Salah al Din’s extensions, and Bab Zuweila Gate of Cairo became a central point.

Salah El-Din Al-Ayoubi | Sultan of Egypt

Salah El-Din Al-Ayoubi | Sultan of Egypt



Biba Zuweila

Bab Zuweila Cairo Egypt was built during the 11th century, by the Fatimide Vizier Badr El Gamali inside the gate while up on the roof you get panoramic vistas that stretch out to the citadel.

The gate is one of the few remaining gates of old Cairo, with two minarets on top of it, Bab Zwayla is considered the most beautiful of the 3 gates of Islamic Cairo and the finest, Climbing up the stairs of the minarets will give you different views of Islamic Cairo with its captivating architecture.  We reserve you an indescribable welcome in this blessed land of Egypt with the help of our qualified and ready guides.

In Egypt, there is a place called Sabil Qitas where you can go and learn many interesting things by looking at and exploring different things.

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Bab Zuweila is famous for being the door on which the heads of the messengers of Hulagu, the leader of the Tatars, were hung when they came threatening the Egyptians. From the military point of view, Bab Zuweila, built on the southern rib of the Cairo wall, is one of the defensive forts of the city of Cairo and was previously used as a public square to execute the guilty and hang their heads over this door.

Built by the Fatimid vizier, Badr al-Jamali, in 485 AH/1092 AD. The gate was named after the tribe of Zuwayla, who came from north Africa with Jawhar al-Siqili and quartered near the gate.

Bab Zuwayla is a big gate that was built a long time ago in 1092. It is one of only three gates that are still standing from a very old city called Cairo. Cairo was built by a group of people called the Fatimids in 969. The city was like a castle with a big wall made of mud and stones to keep it safe. Bab Zuwayla is one of the entrances to this special city.


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