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Sabil Umm Abbas

Sabil Umm Abbas

Sabil Umm Abbas

Sabil Umm Abbas (Saliba Street at corner of Al-Siufiya, Cairo) — A rather “recent” landmark stands tucked in between the old Mamluk mosques and buildings on Saliba Street in Cairo: it’s Sabil Umm Abbas, a fountain that was built in the mid-19th century by the mother of Abbas II, the last Khedive of Egypt who ruled the country from 1892 to 1914. You can easily find the fountain by walking down the Saliba Street from Midan Salah El-Din until you reach the intersection with Al-Siufiya Street. At the intersection, turn right and look out for a half-hexagonal façade boasting three beautifully carved windows on each edge. The structure is topped by a gold-plated engraved ceiling adding to the grandeur of the monument.