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Nabi Daniel Street

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 most important streets of Alexandria in terms of historical, and archaeological importance.

  • 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.
  • It was known in the Greek era as "the Cardo de Comnas", as the street had two gates, the north gate was known as the "moon gate", and the south gate was known as the "sun gate".

  •  The street was know later with the name of the "Nabi Daniel", which was in relation with the shrine of the mosque at the beginning of the street from Masr Station.

But we have to ask now.

who was  El Nabi Daniel ?! 

  • Nabi Daniel was one of Israel's prophet 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.


Here we find a question about 

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 began to study the sciences of jurisprudence, but he died and was buried in the mosque, hence from that the confusion between the two names and naming the street.

Saint Mark's Church 



Nabi Daniel Street


  • It is a Coptic orthodox cathedral, 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

  • It is one of the oldest synagogues in all over the world, as it date back to the 19th century. 
  • It housed more than 40,000 Jews, and a collection of rare Jewish books, and manuscripts dating back to the 15th century.

What defines this street?


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.


The myth of  El 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, and 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 Daniel.

  • These 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 sea.

  • Al-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.

References

  • https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Saint_Mark%27s_Coptic_Orthodox_Cathedral_%28Alexandria%29
  • https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Eliyahu_Hanavi_Synagogue


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