A street leading to the Bab Zuweila in Cairo - this gate was constructed in the 11th century

A street leading to the Bab Zuweila in Cairo - this gate was constructed in the 11th century

Door of the Bab Zuweila - it derives it's name from the Zuweila tribe which was responsible for guarding the entrance to the city

Door of the Bab Zuweila - it derives it's name from the Zuweila tribe which was responsible for guarding the entrance to the city

An arch between the two minarets of the gate - Bab Zuweila was the southern gate in the city walls of Cairo

An arch between the two minarets of the gate - Bab Zuweila was the southern gate in the city walls of Cairo

Base of one of the minarets (towers) of Bab Zuweila

Base of one of the minarets (towers) of Bab Zuweila

A design made on one of the internal walls of the gate - this gate was used to watch the enemy troops as well as to bid farewell to hajjis (Pilgrims) to Mecca

A design made on one of the internal walls of the gate - this gate was used to watch the enemy troops as well as to bid farewell to hajjis (Pilgrims) to Mecca

Two minarets of the gate - even today this gate provides the sweeping view of the old Cairo

Two minarets of the gate - even today this gate provides the sweeping view of the old Cairo

External arch of the Bab Zuweila - some of the executions also took place on this gate in the past

External arch of the Bab Zuweila - some of the executions also took place on this gate in the past

Mamluk Sultan Qutuz killed and hanged the heads of the six messengers sent by Hulagu Khan

Mamluk Sultan Qutuz killed and hanged the heads of the six messengers sent by Hulagu Khan

Upper part of the gate and city walls

Upper part of the gate and city walls

Stairs on the upper part of the Bab Zuweila

Stairs on the upper part of the Bab Zuweila

Street seen here through the protection barrier on the gate

Street seen here through the protection barrier on the gate

One of the inner arch of the gate

One of the inner arch of the gate

Inside this glass is the floor from the 15th century

Inside this glass is the floor from the 15th century

A model of the Bab Zuweila on display - this gate is also called al-Mitwalli after El Kutb al-Mitwalli by some local inhabitants

A model of the Bab Zuweila on display - this gate is also called al-Mitwalli after El Kutb al-Mitwalli by some local inhabitants

A pillar used in one of the inetrnal walls of the gate

A pillar used in one of the inetrnal walls of the gate

This Grek Roman capital of a pillar was re-used in the Bab Zuweila

This Grek Roman capital of a pillar was re-used in the Bab Zuweila

Stone blocks on the right side are from the 11th century while on the left side from the 15th century

Stone blocks on the right side are from the 11th century while on the left side from the 15th century

Some of the stones from the original construction of the gate

Some of the stones from the original construction of the gate

A pattern made with glass on one of the walls of the gate

A pattern made with glass on one of the walls of the gate

Looking out to the sky when inside the arch of the gate

Looking out to the sky when inside the arch of the gate

Some of the pots on display which come from the same era when this gate was constructed

Some of the pots on display which come from the same era when this gate was constructed

This plaque was attached to a wooden frame but it was lying on the floor

This plaque was attached to a wooden frame but it was lying on the floor

Top of one of the minarets of the Bab Zuweila

Top of one of the minarets of the Bab Zuweila

Middle part of the minaret

Middle part of the minaret

Lower part of the minaret

Lower part of the minaret

This plaque shows the location of the monuments which are visible from this gate

This plaque shows the location of the monuments which are visible from this gate

Al-Saleh Talib Mosque seen from the Zuweila Gate

Al-Saleh Talib Mosque seen from the Zuweila Gate

One of the small arches on the wall of the gate

One of the small arches on the wall of the gate

Windows offer view to the different part of the city

Windows offer view to the different part of the city

Exterior of the Bab Zuweila

Exterior of the Bab Zuweila

Traffic on a street below the Bab Zuweila

Traffic on a street below the Bab Zuweila

View of the old Cairo from the Bab Zuweila

View of the old Cairo from the Bab Zuweila

A building opposite the Bab Zuweila

A building opposite the Bab Zuweila