Fatimid Cairo

Fatimid Cairo

One of the major landmarks of the city, Bab Zuwayla is one of three remaining gates in the walls of Fatimid Cairo from the 11th and 12th century. Its name comes from Bab, meaning “Door”, and Zuwayla, the name of a tribe of Berber warriors from the western desert, members of which were charged with guarding the gate.

 

At the foot of Bab Zuwayla is the Tent Makers Market along a 300-meter-long street, part of the historic road connecting Fustat and Fatimid Cairo. The market is sheltered in a roofed alleyway with small openings above for light and ventilation. The two-story buildings on either sides of the street display tents and appliqué works in small shops at ground level while the second floor is dedicated to rooms where craftsmen reside.

 

The market was badly damaged following the 1992 earthquake and is still under restoration.