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154 Al Moez Ldin Allah Al Fatmi 154 المعز لدين الله الفاطمي, Cairo 11511 Egypt

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O M E R
Greater London, UK3,013 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2023 • Family
Bab-al-Futuh -باب الفتوح - (Conquest gate), Old Cairo, Egypt 🇪🇬

Built in 1087AD by the Vizier(minister) & military commander Badr-al-Jamali of then Fatmid caliph of Egypt , Al-Muntansir. Bab al-Futuh(باب الفتوح)  or Conquest gate is one of three remaining defensive gates of old Cairo’s city wall since city’s foundation in 969AD.

The gate is flanked by two massive round shaped towers. On the upper part of outer façade, each tower has ‘arrow slits’(vertical openings in forts used for launching arrows). The towers are linked by a platform, which features shafts in its floor used for pouring boiling oil on the enemy. 

The decorative design on the arch of the gateway represents an impressive stonework and craftsmanship, which is still in good shape after over 900 years.

Bab-al-Futuh opens onto old Cairo’s famous “Al-Muizz” street that has many historic mosques, madrasas, old buildings etc on it.
Written July 25, 2023
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macedonboy
Glasgow, UK184,994 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Bab al Futuh is one of three remaining gates in the walls of the islamic part of the old city of Cairo. It stands in the north part of islamic Cairo, at the northern end of Muizz Street. The gate has a single gate for entry, flanked by two massive rounded towers that would’ve looked impregnable in medieval times. The gate is remarkably well preserved and still decorated with vegetal and geometric motifs.

Worth a quick look if in islamic Cairo, but I wouldn't go out of the way to see it.
Written November 7, 2019
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KGB777
Singapore, Singapore41,412 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
This is one of the main gates through which to enter the Islamic Cairo historic area. It's not in the best condition and seemed quite dirty when I visited in Nov 2019. But this is a good place from which to start exploring the Islamic Cairo area.
Written April 11, 2020
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Bacio-Di-Fortuna
Dubai, United Arab Emirates155 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2016 • Couples
Perfect place to feel the spirit of old Islamic Cairo!! Be aware that you would probably need to do some research or reading prior visit, unless you are taking tour with guide. Unfortunately this area is not fully developed into tourist attractions, so there is no much explanation like boards with information about the buildings and so on. Anyways I'm glad that visited this district.
Written November 19, 2016
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Mohamad Elbakry
Mansoura, Egypt5 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016
It was the first time to visit this place. It felt like moving back in time. It was a great visit. Nice to witness some places still held its essence.
Written October 2, 2016
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avalon2020
Paris, France3,599 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2016 • Friends
Great start point to explore the fascinating north end of al-Muizz al-Deen Street. Bab al-Futah is an interesting gate to the Old City of Cairo, though if you only had time to see one gate, I prefer Bab Zuwayla, at the south end of the same street, where you can climb up the minarets for great views of the city.
Written June 27, 2016
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huz5253
Mumbai120 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2016 • Family
A great piece of architecture which has survived the centuries... Imposing presence...one of the entrances of old Cairo...a must visit.
Written May 22, 2016
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Alice R
Hobart, Australia8,929 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Friends
What a way to start a tour, this majestic entrance has many things of note, notably the massive doors which were a stronghold point in ancient times. It's free to enter.
Written April 8, 2019
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Susan S
Jerusalem, Israel166 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2018 • Business
I saw the original pictures of Napoleon's scholars in Descriptions de l'Egypt and realized that it was easy to miss the significance amidst all of the people and business taking place. It's only one of three gates left from the Fatimid period. The arcade is beautifully ornamented with geometrical shapes, Upon entering the gate, al-Hakim's mosque is there on the left from the same period. Very worthwhile to spend time in this area of the city. Bab al Nasr is just down the way as well. While it is pretty gritty around this area of Cairo, it is worth visiting.
Written February 22, 2018
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imohddashti
Bahrain970 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Friends
Nice place to visit at night, dive local coffee shops , you can walk and shop, contacted to alHusain area, can reach their Bu foot.
Written January 30, 2018
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