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"Wikala el-Ghouri" Top 5 Page for this destination Wekalet El Ghoury - Wekalet el Ghouri Arts Center Tip by MM212

  Wikala el-Ghouri
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  • Wikala el-Ghouri - Cairo
      Wikala el-Ghouri
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  • The courtyard - Cairo
      The courtyard
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  • The art gallery - Cairo
      The art gallery
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  • The art gallery - Cairo
      The art gallery
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Constructed in 1505, Wikala el-Ghouri is a caravanserai that once housed merchants and goods arriving in Cairo. Although a separate building, it is part of the large el-Ghouri complex, built by one of the last Mamluke Sultans, Qunsuh el-Ghouri. It is located near el-Azhar Mosque and Khan el-Khalili and was meticulously restored in recent years. This Wikala is a fantastic example of a rehabilitation of a historic building, where the upper floors have been converted into an atelier for local artists and artisans, whose work is exhibited for sale in a medieval vaulted gallery on the ground floor. The main courtyard of the Wikala, where merchants' animals and goods were once kept, has been converted into a theatre. It is where the Tannoura dance show takes place twice a week (see nightlife tips).

Address: Sharia el-Azhar
Directions: Near El-Gazzar Ln
Phone: +20 2 25107146

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  • Updated Jan 13, 2008
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