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Bab El-Nasr

Bab El-Nasr or the gate of victory lies in Bab El-Nasr Street next to Bab-El-Futuh and the mosque of El-Hakim. Like the other gates of Cairo, it was established by the Armenian Emir Badr El-Gamal to protect the Fatimid Cairo from the outer invaders. This gate is considered as a rare example for the buildings that are designed on the military Islamic art and it is handsomely ornamented from its either sides. It was designed in that way to help the soldiers in attacking the enemies and controlling over the whole situation to achieve victory at the end. The gate of El-Nasr is distinguished by the shields symbolizing victory and it has two round towers on its either sides. Napoleon troops renamed these towers calling the eastern one” Tour Courbin” and the western one” Tour Julien”.

The entrance of the gate is decorated with some beautiful inscriptions that highlight the date of construction and the constructor name. Of special note in the interior plan of the gate are the gallery tunnel vaulting and the arrow slits. There are some walls extending between Bab El-Futuh and Bab El-Nasr and are very close to the Minaret of El-Hakim mosque since they were built to enclose that mosque. Although there are some ruined parts of it,it is worth time to look at the nice diamond carved motifs and the splayed arches that beautify these walls. In the eastern end of the wall one find the projecting latrine that appears as a balcony imparting from the crenellations.

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