Muizz Street

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One of the most iconic sections of Muizz Street known as Bayn al-Qasrayn, featuring Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Barquq on the left and Sabil of Muhammad Ali Pasha on the right.
The view of Qalawun Complex from Muizz street.

Muizz Street (Egyptian Arabic: شارع المعزShareʻ El Muizz, full name; Shariʻa al-Muizz li-Din Illah), also known as Al Moez Ldin Allah Al Fatimi Street in Islamic Cairo, Egypt is one of the oldest streets in Cairo, approximately one kilometer long. A United Nations study found it to have the greatest concentration of medieval architectural treasures in the Islamic world.[1] The street (shariʻa in Arabic) is named for Al-Mu'izz li-Din Allah, the fourth caliph of the Fatimid dynasty. It stretches from Bab Al-Futuh in the north to Bab Zuweila in the south. Starting in 1997,[2][3] the national government carried out extensive renovations to the historical buildings, modern buildings, paving, and sewerage to turn the street into an "open-air museum". On April 24, 2008, Al-Muizz Street was rededicated as a pedestrian only zone between 8:00 am and 11:00 pm; cargo traffic will be allowed outside of these hours.[4]

The northern part of the street extends from the Al-Hakim Mosque in the north to the Spice Market at Al-Azhar Street and includes the antiques markets section, Al-Aqmar Mosque (one of the few extant Fatimid mosques), the Qalawun complex, and several well preserved medieval mansions and palaces.

The southern part extends from the Ghuriya complex to the Bab Zuweila and includes the magnificent Tent Market in the Gamaliya district.

Historical Buildings of Muizz Street[edit]

Map of the northern part of Muizz Street

The area around Muizz Street as well as the main street itself contain many historical buildings ranging from the era of Amr Ibn El As to the Tulunid Period, the Fatimid, Ayyubid, Mamluk, Ottoman over to the Muhammad Ali Era. Seen from the north of the Muizz Street down to the south the following buildings still exist on the street or near it:

The southern part of Muizz Street area after the intersection with Al-Azhar Street contain the following historical buildings:

Panorama of Muizz Street

Rehabilitation project[edit]

One of the aims of the renovations is to approximate the original appearance of the street. Buildings higher than the level of monuments have been brought down in height and painted an appropriate colour, while the street has been repaved in the original style. 34 monuments along the street and some 67 nearby have been restored. On the other hand, the nighttime appearance of the street has been modernised by the installation of state of the art refined exterior lighting on buildings.[5] To prevent the accumulation of subterranean water – the principal threat to Islamic Cairo – a state of the art drainage system has been installed.

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References[edit]

  1. ^ LA Times, July 10, 1998.
  2. ^ LA Times, 28 Sept. 1998.
  3. ^ LA Times, 10 July 1998.
  4. ^ Reuters
  5. ^ Al-Ahram Weekly

Further reading[edit]

Coordinates: 30°02′48″N 31°15′36″E / 30.04667°N 31.26000°E / 30.04667; 31.26000