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Khan El Khaili neighborhood

The inspiration neighborhood, or as it is called, the Khan El Khaili neighborhood in Egypt tours. The Khan El Khalili neighborhood inspired many Egyptian writers to write novels that tell stories about the streets and alleys of the neighborhood. Perhaps the reason for this inspiration was the nobility and oldness of the neighborhood and the diversity of buildings. Many buildings belong to many eras, such as the Mamluk and Islamic eras.

As you walk through the Khan el Khalili streets, you will see the remains of the Mashrabiya dating back to the Islamic era. Explore these unique attractions through our Cairo day tours.

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The Mashrabiya is a wooden window with small holes. Where these holes introduce large amounts of indirect light. to prevent direct solar radiation accompanied by high temperatures from entering through their openings. The Mashrabiya provided high-efficiency lighting without increasing the temperature inside. It also contributed to an increased air flow rate.

You will also see the rest of the fountains that were placed to water the passers-by and the merchants who used to work in that neighborhood. Experience more attractions on Egypt day tours.


Other than the old buildings, Khan Al-Khalili is one of the oldest markets, and there are a very large number of bazaars for gifts and handicrafts inside Khan El Khalili.

Through Egypt day tours, explore Khan Al-Khalili market is famous for its golden jewelry. The antiques and copperworks are handcrafted by the residents of the neighborhood. These are made with great skill and accuracy, as the colored glass lamps, and the small pharaonic statue.

What to do in Khan el Khalili?

When you walk in the Khan El Khalili neighborhood. You will smell different types of fresh spices because inside the neighborhood there is also a spice market. In addition to some fabric and carpet stores.

And if you want to take a break from walking in the streets and alleys of the neighborhood. You will find many cafes, or you can even rest in Al-Fishawy Cafe. It is one of the oldest cafes in the Khan al-Khalili neighborhood and Egypt in general, as it was founded in 1769.
Or sit in one of the restaurants and enjoy the popular Egyptian meals such as kosher, Maharshi, kebab, kofta, and fetter meshaltet. And enjoy oriental sweets such as kunafa or basbousa. Also find daily tours in Giza day tours.

Why is the neighborhood called Khan El Khalili?

The word khan is a Persian word meaning "house," and the word khan was used in the past for every institution or shop. As for the word Al-Khalili, it goes back to the founder of that khan or market, Jaharkes of Al-Khalili, When he established the khan, he brought with him many merchants from the city of Khalil in Palestine, and that is why the khan was named El-Khalili.

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Where is the Khan Al Khalili neighborhood located?

Khan Al-Khalili is located in the heart of Cairo in front of Al-Hussein Mosque, opposite Al-Azhar Mosque, and next to it, there are streets and lanes, the most famous and nearest of which is Al-Moez Li-Din Allah Al-Fatimi Street, which contains 29 Islamic monuments.

These monuments vary among religious buildings, the most famous of which is the Al-Aqmar Mosque, which is characterized by the inscriptions and Kufic writings that adorn it.

Among these monuments are also residential monuments, such as the Suhaimi House, which is a unique model of the architecture of private residential homes. Rather, it is the only integrated house that represents the architecture of Cairo city in the Ottoman era in Egypt.

It was called the House of Al-Suhaimi about the last person who lived in this house, Sheikh Amin Al-Suhaimi. And many other monuments that you will enjoy seeing when you visit Al-Moez Street and Khan Al-Khalili.

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