Sharia al-Muizz li-Din Allah
About Sharia al-Muizz li-Din Allah
This street was one a grand thoroughfare of ancient Cairo, housing several storytellers, entertainers, and food stalls. The name – Sharia al-Muizz – was derived from the Fatimid caliph who once conquered Cairo in AD 969.
Away from the old arrangements and structures, the street now wears a new look: new pavements, and tips of the minarets of the monuments it holds. If you end up on this street during the vehicle-free hours of the morning, you can conveniently and closely observe the sites without the fear of getting knocked over.
The streetscape will impress first-time visitors, although return visitors will require some time to take in the new extensive changes. At one stretch of the street, there were small stalls that sell sheeshas, braziers, and cooking pots for Fuul (fava beans) and usually pear-shaped. Later, items like crescent moon minaret tops, coffee ewers and similar copper products were added to the list of items sold, thus necessitating its now famous name – Sharia an-Nahaseen (Street of the Coppersmiths).
The right stretch of the street sits the Mosque of Suleiman Silahdar, just 200m south. The 18th-century mosque was built in the era of Mohammed Ali, although its thin, Turkish-originated minaret and elegant, curvaceous lines along its facades remain. The mosque is known for the presence of a public fountain and Quranic School (Sabil and Kuttab), both situated down the corner.