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Nabi Daniel Street


A Unique article about Nabi Daniel street, which considered to be one of the oldest, and longest streets in Alexandria, it is one of the two main streets in the planning of old Alexandria, the street extends recently from El Raml Station to the Masr Station.
Nabi Daniel Street

Nabi Daniel Street

  • It was known in the Greek era as "the Cardo de Comnas", as the street had two gates.

  1. The north gate was known as the "moon gate".
  2. The south gate was known as the "sun gate", the street was know later with the name of the "Nabi Daniel".

who was  El Nabi Daniel ?! 

  • Nabi Daniel was one of Israel's prophets whose presence roughly resides in the 6th century BC, and it was said that he came to Alexandria, and was buried in the shrine that is located under the mosque, about 5 meters away, this was incorrect, because he was dead 3 centuries before Alexandria was built.

Who was the owner of the mosque?

  • This mosque is belong to one of the sheikhs of the Shafi school of thought, Sheikh “Muhammad Daniel Al-Mawsili”, he came to Alexandria in the 8th century and lived in it, he studied the sciences of jurisprudence, when he died, he was buried in the mosque which located in this street, hence from that the confusion between the two names and naming the street.

Saint Mark's Church

Nabi Daniel Street

  • Saint Mark's Church located in the middle of the streetIt is a Coptic orthodox cathedral, athend it considered to be the oldest church in Egypt and Africa, which was built by Saint Mark in the first century AD in the year 62 AD, with the introduction of Christianity to Egypt.

"Eliyahu Hanabi" Synagogue

Nabi Daniel Street

  • "Eliyahu Hanabi"  Synagogue is one of the most important religious monuments in Alexandria, and one of the oldest synagogues in all over the world, as it date back to the 19th century, it housed a collection of rare Jewish books, and manuscripts dating back to the 15th century, It consists of two floors, built in the Italian style, with 28 columns, and it can accommodate 700 prayers.

  • It was built in 1354, but it was bombed during the French campaign, and it was rebuilt in 1850 under the direction of the family of Muhammad Ali Pasha.

Nabi Daniel Street

  • The most important thing that distinguishes Nabi Daniel Street, it is considered to be a permanent book fair, where stalls selling used books - lined up on both sides - are spread, beginning with textbooks, foreign booksnovels and literary stories in various languages, They are sold in low prices to the residents of the city, sometimes reaching a pound per book.

Myth of  Nabi Daniel Street

  • Many storiesrumors, and novels were connected to this street, the most famous of them was the bride who was walking with her fiancé, but the street was fell apart and swallowed her, they could not find her body until now, it was spread that the reason for that, was the curse of Alexander the Great, the founder of the city, certainly.
  •  This wasn't true, and the reason for that was ground split,  were many "passages" found under the street of Nabi DanielThese passages have large tunnels dating back to the Roman era, They were connected to each other and were intended for the emperor's escape, if there were revolts from the  Alexandrian people, and some of them were connected to the seaAl-Maqrizi said about these tunnels in his description, "that the knight could walk in it, riding his horse and raising his sword, as its height was about 3 meters.


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