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.