Khan el-Khalili

  Street Shopping

One of the oldest open air markets in the Middle East, the Khan el-Khalili traces its origins back to the 14th century. The charming medieval souk was set up on the site of the Fatimid tombs in the heart of Cairo's commercial zone. It was then occupied by Turkish merchants, but today it is home to local Eygptian outlets selling a variety of items, from everyday spices and clothing to perfumes, precious stones, jewelry, crafts and souvenirs. Scout the stalls for great deals, and drop by at one of the cafes for a local beverage or shisha (water-pipe).

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About Khan el-Khalili

 El-Gamaleya, Qism El-Gamaleya, Cairo Governorate, Egypt

Khan el-Khalili and Nearby Attractions on Map

Nearby Attractions km / mile
Al-Hakim Mosque

Al-Hakim Mosque(0.8 km)
Named after Fatimid Caliph Imam Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, the Al-Hakim Mosque dates back to 992 AD.

Islamic Cairo

Islamic Cairo(0.4 km)
Islamic Cairo refers to the historical area in Cairo that was founded in 969 by the Fatimid caliphs as Al Qahira, comprising palaces and government institutions enclosed by ramparts.

Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan

Mosque-Madrassa of Sultan Hassan(1.8 km)
The Mosque - Madrassa of Sultan Hassan is one of the largest mosques in the world, spread over 7906 m2 near the Citadel in Cairo.

Beit El Umma Museum

Beit El Umma Museum(2.6 km)
Beit El-Umma or House of the People is an elegant mansion that was built as the residence of Egyptian Prime Minister Saad Zaghloul at the turn of the 20thcentury.

Al-Rifa'i Mosque

Al-Rifa'i Mosque(1.7 km)
The Al-Rifa'i Mosque was constructed in 2 phases between 1869 and 1912, as a larger replacement for the previous zawiya (shrine) of Islamic saint Ahmad al-Rifa'i.

Bab Zuweila

Bab Zuweila(0.7 km)
Bab Zuweila is one of the 3 remaining city gates in the medieval walls of Al-Qahira (Old City of Cairo), controlling traffic to the south of the city.

Gayer-Anderson Museum

Gayer-Anderson Museum(2.4 km)
Housed in the medieval Bayt al-Kiritliya mansion that was built against the walls of the Ibn Tulun Mosque, the Gayer-Anderson Museum showcases domestic architecture from the 16th– 17thcentury.

Saladin Citadel

Saladin Citadel(2 km)
The Saladin Citadel on Mokattam Hill in Cairo was laid out in the 12thcentury by Ayyubid king Salah al-Din or Saladin to protect the city from the Crusaders.

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