Muizz Street, Cairo

Muizz Street, Cairo (must see)

Muizz Street is a major north-south street through the walled city of historic Cairo. It's one of the oldest streets and dates back to the 10th century. It was, and is, one of the most important axes of the city—it contains many markets and important buildings. Many of the most important markers of historic Cairo line the street. It is often referred to as the Qasaba.

In the late 1990s, the city spent extensively rehabilitating the historical monuments and buildings along Muizz Street to make it an open-air museum. The street is pedestrian-only for most of the day, meaning it's a great place to walk and see many sights in one area.

Why You Should Visit

There are more sites and attractions than you can count on Muizz Street. A UN study found that this one street has the most fantastic collection of medieval architectural treasures in the Islamic world. You'll find dozens of mosques, madrasas, and hamams, along with shops, restaurants, and markets.

Nearby Khan Al-Khalili Bazaar is a major souq (market) and is popular with locals and tourists. It's a great place to enjoy dinner or lunch and buy some souvenirs.

While all of the buildings along Muizz Street are architectural treasures, don't miss the Azhar Mosque, Cairo's first mosque built in 970. Also, visit Bab Zuweila, the medieval gate into the walled city, and one of Cairo's most important landmarks.

Tips

Visit the street in the evening to see the buildings illuminated with special lighting. The vibe at night is entirely different, with lots of street food and people enjoying the cooler air.

Many attractions and monuments charge an extra fee for bringing your camera.

Remember that weekends here are Friday and Saturday, and that's when you'll find Muizz Street and all of its attractions the busiest.

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Muizz Street on Map

Sight Name: Muizz Street
Sight Location: Cairo, Egypt (See walking tours in Cairo)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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