You’re in the heart of old Cairo (founded in 969 AD by the Fatimid dynasty), with a thousand years of history at your feet, so wander the meandering alleyways and discover magnificent mosques; fine old houses, and odd palaces.
Abu Tamim Ma’ad al-Mu’izz Li-Dinillah (932 – 975), as known as Al Moezz, was the fourth Fatimid Caliph and 14th Ismaili imam who reigned from 953 to 975. It was during his caliphate that the center of power of the Fatimid dynasty was moved from Northern Africa to the newly conquered Egypt. Fatimids founded the city of Al-Qāhiratu, “The Victorious” (Cairo) in 969 as the new capital of the Fātimid caliphate in Egypt.
– El Hakem Mosque (1000 years ago)
– Bayt Al-Suhaymi (1648 AD)
– The Complex of Sultan Al-Mansur Qalawun (1285 AD)
– Hammam Inal (1456 AD)
– The mosque, Khanqah & Mausoleum of Al Sultan Al Zahir Barquq (1386 AD)
– The School and Mausoleum of Al Nasir Muhammad ibn Qalawun (1298 AD)
You can also find El Aqmar Mosque (1125 AD), or visit Wekala, Hamam, Khan, Le Riad boutique hotel, palaces, mosques, the Khankah and more.
A must see: Al Rabaa Cultural Center, to see where the locals get married.
Where to have a coffee: Café El Lord
How to dress
Best time to visit
Take a stroll through the neighborhood at night, to enjoy the spectacle of monuments being lit up.
Every Sunday: Folklore bands play around the area, from 7pm onwards.
Workshops: Monthly schedules are available, you can contact:
Bayt Al-Suhaymi: Al Gamaleya, Al Darb Al Asfar Alley, Tel: 02 2591 3391
Wekalet Al Ghori: Sheikh Mohamed Abdo St., Al Azhar
Qubbet Al Ghori: 111 Al Azhar St., Tel: 02 2506 0227
Best for children 4-12 years.
123 Al Moez Ledin Allah El Fatemy St. El Gamaleya, El Azhar, Cairo.
How to get to El Moez Street
You can take the Metro, a walk from Azhar mosque or a taxi to El Azhar area.
The Mosque of Salih Tala'i
Mosque of Almuayyad Sheikh
Wekalat Nafisa Albayda
Mosque of Alfakahany
Funerary Complex of Sultan Qansuh al-Ghuri (a glimpse)
The Mosque of Muhammed Bek Abu El-Dahab
Khan Jarkas el-Khalili
Haret Al Sanadyqyah (Boxmakers)
Sultan al-Ashraf Barsbay Complex
Jawhar Al-Qaid (Commander of the Army)
Bayn al-Qasrayn (Palace Walk of Naguib Mahfouz)
Mosque and Sabil-Kuttab of Shaykh 'Ali al- Mutahhar
Al Bab Al Thaleth
Haret Al Saleheya
Madrasa and Mausoleum of al-Malik al-Salih Najm al-Din Ayyub
The Qalawun complex
Bait El Kadi (House of the Judge)
Sultan al-Nasir Muhammad ibn Qala'un Madrasa and Mausoleum
Sabil-Kuttab Mohamed Ali
Sultan al-Zahir Barquq Funerary Complex
Egyptian Textile Museum (just make a brief mention of)
Sabil-Kuttab of Abdel-Rahman Katkhuda (Ottoman)
The Mosque of al-Aqmar
Haret Al Sananeeri
Haret Al-Darb al-Asfar
Bayt Al-Suhaymi in Al-Darb al-Asfar
Mosque-Sabil of Suleiman Agha el-Silahdar
Amir Al Gyosh Al Goani
Darb Al Waraka
Al-Hakim Bi-Amr-Allah Mosque
Sour Misr Al Qadima
Bab Al Fotouh (Gate of Conquests)
Bab Al Nasr (Gate of Victory)
Al Mashhad Al Husseini