Khan El Khalili
Bazaar; Shoppers’ Paradise:
Vendors beckon shoppers to their stores..their cries drowned
by the call to prayers sounding from the nearby
Mosque.. the colorful alley-ways of Khan Al Khalili…all create
a unique religious and commercial experience not found in many Middle
Eastern bazaars. Located in the heart of Fatimid Cairo, Khan El
Khalili is a lively, shoppers' paradise, as walking through its
winding , narrow streets unveils an endless variety of original
Egyptian treasures, as well as their junk replicas, where in all
cases "bargaining" is the bazaar's spoken language.
Historical Origin at a glance:
Al Khan is a two to three storey commercial building used as a housing
and storage facility by merchants, usually built around a courtyard.
Historically, Khan Al Khalili was a collection of small and large
extensive khans, built by Amir Jarkas Khalili in 1382, setting a
market tradition that established Cairo as an active international
Hunt, Bargain and buy:
Be prepared to be tempted by all kinds of merchandise as you stroll
down the historical alley ways of Al Khan: antiques, brass and copperware,
carpets, lamps, perfumes, papyrus, gold and silver jewellery, inlaid
ivory boxes , to mention but a few of the items on display . However,
you'll find that the prices tend to vary widely, and so, the wise
shopping equation would be: "wander+ compare+bargain= best buy"
If you want to stretch your imagination and create: Khan Al Khalili
is the place to be, as executing your own designs of jewellery ,
brass lamps, carpets, or even personalizing brass name plates ,
and cartouches is possible in almost any shop you enter. Usually
personalizing at item takes 24 hours, where you are either called
to pick up your souvenir the next day, or you are provided with
door to door shipping.
Recommended personalized souvenir:
For a special gift or souvenir, visit the bookbinder in the street
Azhar Mosque, and purchase a quality leather diary or photo
album with your initials engraved in gold to eternalize the memory
of your visit to Cairo.
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