Bab Zuweila, Cairo
The only surviving southern city gate from the Fatimid period, Bab Zuweila was built in 1092. In the 15th century, the stunning red and white striped Mosque of al-Mu'ayyad was built adjacent to Bab Zuweila, while the mosque's twin minarets were constructed over the gate. Until the last century, public executions were held just outside Bab Zuweila. Thanks to European Orientalist painters of the 18th and 19th centuries, the twin minarets and the gate are well recognised as they have frequently been featured in their paintings (see main photo). In 2001-2005, both the mosque and gate underwent a much-needed restoration project that returned them to their former glory. Visitors are permitted to climb the minarets for fantastic views of Cairo. See the attached photos for photos of the gate and the twin minarets.
This beautiful gate is the only gate that remains on the southern side of old Cairo.
The two minarets are from the Mosque of Al Mu'ayyad, just next to the gate.
Around this area you will find the tent-makers souq, schools and more traditional shops.
It is worth exploring the area around here. You will eventually end up at Khan El Khalilli if you continue through the gate, pass the mosque onwards.
Nwly restored Bab Zwaileh, which affords the most incredible views, you can climb up to the dizzing heights of both minarets with an unparralel view of Islamic Cairo and the Citadel, great way to orient yourself.
The cost is 10 pounds.