Today I conducted a Storytelling Walk for Pen Temple Pilots and Discover the Moment communities, a cause-related walk that yielded 3,850 pounds in donations for the National Cancer Institute. Many thanks to all 70+ attendees.
From Bab Zuweila in the south to Bab al Fotouh and Bab al Nasr in the north (all from the XI century), it was a beautiful night in which we covered Historic Cairo from Gate to Gate. Bab Zuweila carries the name of a berber tribe that lived by the gate in Fatimid times, while Bab al Fotouh was the gate through which the army left for any battle. The army, upon returning victorious, would enter by Bab al Nasr. These gates were all built in the X century, but were reinforced and remodeled under Badr al-Din al-Gamali who came from Syria to help the Fatimid Caliph al-Mustansir squash the army’s rebellion. His arrival marker the beginning of a period marker by the power of the viziers.