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Bab Zuweila

The Zuweila Gate

You might remember this location as the place where Al-Ghouri’s successor was hanged. Bab Zuweila is the last surviving southern gate from Al-Qahira’s medieval period, this therefore makes it an important relic. The ramparts are accessible to adventurous tourists to climb. There are also some interesting artefacts and historical items around the site.

From the vantage point of the gate’s double minarets, visitors are provided a splendid view of the surrounding area. Also, the frontage of the gate was the site, in Mamluk times, of public executions where spectators would gather to watch people being crucified or cut into half.

Nails and teeth can be found attached to one of the wooden doors, placed there as sacrifices to a healing saint that was believed to live behind the door. Some locals still hold the belief that the healing saint continues to live there even at present.