Overview of Al-Muizz Street
Al-Muizz Street isn’t your typical street, as it has the greatest concentration of medieval architectural treasures in the Islamic world. This street redefines words like majesty and beauty and is considered one of Egypt’s finest open-air museums. The street was constructed by the fourth caliph Al-Muizz of the Fatimid dynasty who took control of Egypt in 969 A.D from the Abbasids dynasty. The new caliph Al-Muizz constructed a new capital Al-Qahira instead of the old one Al Fustat and tried to expand the influence of the Shi’a interpretation of Islam in the land of the Sunni Abbasid caliphate.
History of Al-Muizz Street
The street was of course named after the caliph Al-Muizz and as the main street for the Fatimid capital of Egypt which was destroyed by the Sunni caliphates who regained control of the city. The street is famous for containing many monuments like mosques and palaces from the Ayyubid, Mamluk and Ottoman dynasties which makes it the heart of Egypt’s Islamic history. The northern part of the street extends from Bab Al-Futuh to Azhar Street next to Khan Al-Khalili. The street holds a big number of craftsmen, shops, antiquities, and many ancient building that will make you feel like you are time traveling. Many restorations took place over the years even until today.
You can visit this amazing attraction with many other landmarks in Cairo through our Cairo day tours, which give you the chance to explore Egypt with a private Egyptologist tour guide.