Virtual Tour: Bab Zuwayla, Cairo

  • Online, by the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE)
The Bab Zuwayla is a symbolic and historic site in Cairo that once functioned as the southern gate (bab) to the city's original settlement of al-Qahirah when it was founded in the late 10th century CE. Its location today, in a densely populated area, exposes it to risks from congestion and human activity. In 1998, the American Research Center in Egypt (ARCE) spearheaded a five-year conservation project, during which restoration revealed two massive doors, each weighing almost four tons, that moved on ball bearings.
One of the most challenging tasks of ARCE's conservation was restoring the massive, six-meter-high wood and iron doors. Local craftsmen and carpenters repaired damaged wood and replaced missing nails. 
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