Facade of the Sabil of Muhammad Ali Pasha in Cairo - this sabil (public fountain) was built in 1820. It offered free drinking water to public

Facade of the Sabil of Muhammad Ali Pasha in Cairo - this sabil (public fountain) was built in 1820. It offered free drinking water to public

Decorative details above the entrance door of the sabil - this building was very unique and it is one of the first in Cairo which was built on the Ottoman architectural style

Decorative details above the entrance door of the sabil - this building was very unique and it is one of the first in Cairo which was built on the Ottoman architectural style

These decorative ornaments are carved into marble which was brought from Turkey

These decorative ornaments are carved into marble which was brought from Turkey

Windows of the sabil seen from inside the building - the gilded window grills, the motifs of the painted carvings on wood and bronze door were one of many fine examples of the Ottoman building style

Windows of the sabil seen from inside the building - the gilded window grills, the motifs of the painted carvings on wood and bronze door were one of many fine examples of the Ottoman building style

This small pond is one of few which were used to collect water by the locals  since they didn't have frewsh water supply in their houses

This small pond is one of few which were used to collect water by the locals since they didn't have frewsh water supply in their houses

Beautiful ceiling of the sabil - this building was constructed to commemorate the Muhammad Ali's son, Tusun, who died of plague at the age of 22

Beautiful ceiling of the sabil - this building was constructed to commemorate the Muhammad Ali's son, Tusun, who died of plague at the age of 22

This glass shows the cistern below which was used to store the water which was brought from the River Nile

This glass shows the cistern below which was used to store the water which was brought from the River Nile

A collection of few photos on display to show the renovation work which was carrried out in 1998

A collection of few photos on display to show the renovation work which was carrried out in 1998

The cistern below the sabil is accessible by a wooden staircase

The cistern below the sabil is accessible by a wooden staircase

It had a very small entrance with steep wooden stairs which then were converted into the spiral staircase

It had a very small entrance with steep wooden stairs which then were converted into the spiral staircase

A view of the spiral wooden stairs from the cistern below

A view of the spiral wooden stairs from the cistern below

To the right of this photo, a glass cover can be seen, in the past this was used to fetch the water from the cistern below

To the right of this photo, a glass cover can be seen, in the past this was used to fetch the water from the cistern below

One of the windows of sabil seen in the small courtyard

One of the windows of sabil seen in the small courtyard

A wall dotted with the windows of the residential neighborhood beside the sabil

A wall dotted with the windows of the residential neighborhood beside the sabil

A small courtyard of the sabil - the Supreme Council of Antiquities is responsible for the well being of this building

A small courtyard of the sabil - the Supreme Council of Antiquities is responsible for the well being of this building

A photo of Muhammad Ali Pasha, who was an Ottoman governor of Egypt but later he declared himself independent from the government in Istanbul

A photo of Muhammad Ali Pasha, who was an Ottoman governor of Egypt but later he declared himself independent from the government in Istanbul

This photo shows the family tree of the rulers of the Muhammad Ali Pasha dynasty - Fuad II was the last king of Egypt and Sudan and he ruled till June 1953 (though not shown here)

This photo shows the family tree of the rulers of the Muhammad Ali Pasha dynasty - Fuad II was the last king of Egypt and Sudan and he ruled till June 1953 (though not shown here)

These displays in the wooden frames tell the story of this historical sabil

These displays in the wooden frames tell the story of this historical sabil

A school (kuttab) was built on the first floor of the building and it remained functional till 1992

A school (kuttab) was built on the first floor of the building and it remained functional till 1992

Foldable chairs are installed on both sides of the wall while three large photos of Muhhamd Ali Pasha are shown in the middle

Foldable chairs are installed on both sides of the wall while three large photos of Muhhamd Ali Pasha are shown in the middle

A lady (staff member) is cleaning the entrance of the sabil

A lady (staff member) is cleaning the entrance of the sabil

One final look at this beautiful and enchanting building before I moved on to my next site on 'To Do List'

One final look at this beautiful and enchanting building before I moved on to my next site on 'To Do List'