1761 AD

Ancient Water Fountains

18th Century Water Fountain of Rokaya Doudou

The Rokaya Doudou Sabil Qutab has now regained its original grandeur. It is considered to be among the most opulent 18th-century edifices still standing in Islamic Cairo and is a rare example of Rococo-influenced Ottoman-period architecture.

It was built in 1761 by Badawiya Shahine as an act of charity in memory of her daughter Rokaya Doudou. The interior has a painted wooden ceiling bearing numerous inscriptions, while its exterior façade is decorated with ceramic tiles, a wooden canopy, segmented arches, and stalactites (muqarnas), as well as rich geometrical and floral ornamentation engraved in stone.