While you are in Cairo, make sure you make a half day walking tour in the area surrounding Khan El-khalili-but this time IS not for shopping!
after your Lunch tell your taxi driver, your guide, or try arranging it before you leave to Cairo that you want to be dropped off by Bab Zwaila.....
From Bab Zwaila, walk in the Ghoria street, before you walk, you can climb stairs to the top of the Zwaila Gate to see the beautiful view of the minarets around you, or you can go to Al-moaid mosque(next door) and climb for the same view.
Walk in the Egyptian market to see people buying and selling
sheets and clothes, and you will pass by some pure cotton shops.
After wards you will get the chance to enter the mosque of El-Fakahani from the ancient Islamic period just before you see the Ghori great complex..This is just the end of Ghoria street (remember the extension of this street takes another name which is Al-Moez ledin ellah street.
From Ghori complex to the right side is Ghori Wekala, just continue walking until you see a big mosque-now you are infront of Al-Azhar mosque to your left ( a little street takes you to the main entrance of the mosque which is on a big street called Al-Azhar street), across the street is Khan El-khalili tourist bazaar and the mosque of Al-Hussein ( grandson of our Profit-POGUH).
Now after seeing Al-Azhar mosque, cross the street by the tunnel, and start walking back to the extension of Ghori complex (Al-Moez ledin ellah street where you will pass by some tourist shops, you will see the complex of Sultan Qalawon just after crossing Al-Moski street and the Jewelery shops area.
Facing you is a Sabil and Kotab divides the street into 2 branches ( the most right side is a little street takes you to Beshtak palace which is closed for restoration), back to the division point, take the left branch of the street which will take you to Bait El-Sohaimi. See the Sohaimi house and then you will be so close to Bab Al-fotoh.
The ancient Cairo was built by the Fatimid 1100 years ago. Used to be surrounded with an enclosure wall with three gates ( Bab Zwaila, Bab Al-fotoh, and Bab El-Naser).
Walk back to Khan El-Khalili, Find El-Fishawy Cafe for a worth cup of Egyptian tea.Edited: 17 January 2010, 20:29