As a legacy from the Fatimid Islamic Dynasty, recently renovated Mu’izzli-Din Allah Street known as Al Mu’izz Street lies in the heart of Islamic Cairo displaying some of the best Islamic monuments of the city. Aside from the architectural legacy of the Fatimid Dynasty, rulers introduced religious and non-religious celebrations such as Moulid El Nabi (The Prophet’s Birthday) and Sham El Nessim.
The once crowded street with vehicles is now pedestrian with at least 25 mosques; madrassas (schools), public fountains and renovated monuments lighten up at night. You will also find a good variety of shops including gold, silver and copper stores and antique boutiques. Al M’uizz Street was the main route of the Fatimid’s walled city created after the dynasty conquered the old city of Fustat. The northern end of the street known as “ Bayn Al Qasrayn” “Between the two Palaces” is the setting for the first volume of famous writer Naguib Mahfouz’s moving Cairo Trilogy Palace Walk. From Bab El Zuweila to the south, across Al Azhar Street to Bab El Futuh to the north, the two-kilometer street displays architectural tributes to six major eras: Fatimid (969-1171), Ayyubid (1171-1250), Bahareya Mamluk (1250-1390), Burgi Mamluk (1390- 1517), Ottoman (1517-1798) up to 1805 when Mohamed Ali Pasha came to Egypt.
The buildings lining the street are some of the most important displaying unique Islamic architecture and innovations. You will also find buildings for Sufi meditation (Khanqawat), guesthouses (Tekkeyat) and public drinking fountains (Sabil plural Asbbella). The creation of public bathhouse (Hammam) was an important innovation of the period, the most popular ones on the street are the hammam of Mamluk Sultan Inal Al-Malatily and the hammam of Amir Bashtak between Bab Zuweila and the Rifaie Mosque.
Other interesting monuments include the seventeeth-century merchant’s house functioning as a cultural center Other interesting monuments include the seventeeth-century merchant’s house functioning as a cultural center Bayt Al Suhaymi, the complex of Qalawun, Barquq, and AlNasir north of Khan El Khalili on the left El Mu’izz Street. At the north end of the street is the second largest mosque in Cairo of the Caliph al Hakim. You will find around Bab El Futuh the Suqq Al Futuh (Bazaar) where many things canbe found in a more authentic and lower-priced setting than in the famous Khan El Khalili bazaar.