Al Moez Street

Al Moez Street

In a Harmony Of brightly colored crystals, delicate artifacts, and dazzling vibrant Islamic architecture, walk through the eras in Al Moez Street

Al Moez Street

A unique historical breeze will nicely touch your face when coming close to Cairo Al Moez. At this time you will feel as if the historical Islamic eras are waiting for you. While you are absorbed in this feeling, you will suddenly meet a historical gate. Two towers with round faces and in the middle of them a gap will catch your feet. It is Bab Al-Futuh that was a part of the wall surrounding Fatimid Cairo. There you will be in the heart of the largest open Islamic Museum in the whole world, Al Moez Street.

Al Moez Street

Bab Al-Futuh by Sailko

How Exactly Bab El Futuch Transfer You To The Charm Of Historical Events

On the doorstep of Al Moez Street, at the first historical slab paved by the Fatimid Caliphate, you will find yourself wandering through the ages. While your eyes shine with brightly colored crystals, delicate artifacts, and glint lamps that sparkle in harmony with silver. That creat a feeling of freshness in your soul. You will be in the charm o these small, adjacent shops and stately historical buildings rich in live Islamic art. There, the sounds of history from the Fatimid, Mamluk, and Ottoman periods come to accompany you into these eras dazzling.

Historical tile carries Islamic festivals amid magnificent palaces, mosques, Sabils, and other marvelous Islamic architectures. You will be in the heart of one of the oldest streets in the world, dating back to 905 AD.

Al Moez Street

About The Unique Feeling, That will Accompany You!

You are in a unique art museum that you will not find like any other in the world, wandering in wonder till arriving at the other historical gate, which is Bab Zuwaila. When you are walking on this street north to south between these two historical gates, you will feel as if you are one of the Fatimid residents of Cairo al-Muizz, and your home is located within this majestic historical architecture.

This feeling afflicts everyone who walks through the magic of this great international museum. This sense will push you amid historical events since the Fatimids took control of Egypt in 969 AD and decided to establish a capital for the Fatimid caliphate. They needed this capital to compete with the prestige of the Abbasid capital, Baghdad. That was why they established Al Moez Street as the main paved street throughout the Fatimid modern Cairo and surrounded it with a wall and gates that will lead you to the heart of this historical capital.

Al Moez Street

And while you are walking on this historical tile and the events running crossing towards your eyes, seeing the charm of the Islamic art set highly, you will witness these small shops that exhibit handicrafts and brass works of great beauty. That is how they complement the fascinating image of Islamic art and beautify that artistic painting amid significant archaeological landmarks.

Despite the fall of the Fatimid rule, but subsequent Caliphates expanded construction on Muizz Street. That is why you will find alluring  palaces, mosques, and monuments of the Ayyubid, Mamluk, and Ottoman rulers

Significant Islamic Architectural Masterpieces in Al Moez Street

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white stones look like Moonlight will attract you to be in the embrace of a unique architectural masterpiece; it is the first mosque in Cairo in the Fatimid era, taking an offset façade; its façade runs parallel to the street, unlike other historic buildings that run parallel to the courtyard line. It is the Moonlight Mosque, or in Arabic as Al-Aqmar Mosque. It takes this name due to its white stones that enchants the eyes by a wonderful Islamic building with a rare design.

Abi Ali Mansour ordered the construction of the mosque in 1125 AD. The design is in the style of Mamluk architecture in the fifteenth century AD and the Persian decade.

Al-Hakim Mosque; an architectural masterpiece that has witnessed to a 1,000-year history Al Moez Street

Al Moez Street

A prominent archaeological entrance covered by a huge cylindrical vault leads you to a world of fascination for Islamic architecture. You will be inside the second oldest largest mosque in Cairo. To find in front of you a large courtyard with white tiles. Walk amid the pigeons that spread throughout the mosque, where you will be enchanted by the giant hanging chandeliers, and in the center of which are the ornate Islamic pulpit.

Al-Hakim Mosque is the oldest minaret that makes its way to Cairo’s skyline to announce dazzling architecture. An ancient architectural masterpiece, that has a unique design amid the other Islamic monuments. Not just because of its elegant design nor its art, but also due to it witnessed all the exceptional historical events that passed through it and carved in its walls to narrate great history. As there you can live the events from the era of the Fatimid state to the era of the Republic. It is the mosque of the Fatimid Caliph Al-Hakim bi Amr Al-Mansour.

Sultan Qalawun complex In Al Moez Street

Amidst the flowering architecture and the dazzling lights on Al Moez Street, you will meet the Sultan Qalawun complex. To see terrible architecture, lofty announces the finest style in Islamic architecture, Mamluk designs that catch the eye, transporting you with their beauty to the world of magic.

That group, which Sultan Al-Mansur Qalawun ordered to build, and it consisted of a mosque, a madrasa” school,” a dome, and a bimaristan, became the title of the beauty of the decoration, the accuracy of the construction and its magnitude, and was the first example of the emergence of the complex system in Egypt.

It was established between the years 1284 and 1285 AD. That is, in less than two years, specifically fourteen months, and this indicates that this group has been accomplished in a record period that is hardly believable for these majestic buildings.

The exterior windows of the whole complex follow the Gothic style, influenced by the Crusader’s church’s style of architecture. To find a unique mix of architecture creates dazzling harmony while you are amid two magnificent historical palaces. That is why Sultan Al-Mansur Qalawun complex is located in a district called Bayn Al-Qasreen, or “Between the Two Palaces,” relative to these luxury two palaces, where the Fatimid rulers lived.

 Bayt Al-Suhaymi In Al Moez Street

Live minutes as a Fatimid citizen and wander of their homes.  Bayt Al-Suhaymi, one of the grandest homes in Fatimid Cairo, was built in the 17th century.

While you are wandering in the magic of Islamic architecture in Al Moez Street, crossing through the Prince Bashtak Palace. It is one of the most luxurious Islamic buildings. The architects consider it a sign of beauty. Then you will pass through several gorgeous Sabils, seeing a unique type of Islamic architecture spread in that period. You will live every detail in 29 monuments that reflect a complete impression of Islamic Egypt in the eras from the tenth to the nineteenth century AD. While the oriental music that comes from here and there will accompany you on this charming tour.

Related FAQ

Where is the location of El Moez Street?

El Moez Street is located on the Eastern part of Old Cairo and near Khan El Khalili Bazar.

How old is El Moez Street?

It is a joy for both locals and visitors to stroll the winding passageways of Old Cairo and see gorgeous mosques, lovely old houses, and unusual palaces because the Fatimid dynasty created the city in 969 AD and it has a thousand years of rich history.

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