Greetings from Khan el-Khalili the major souk (Arab market) in Islamic Cairo. It is in the bazaar district, one of Cairo’s main attractions for tourists. You will be greeted by the scent of spices, the hustle and bustle of trade, and the many beautiful objects that can purchased in between the alleys for. On its narrow streets one can find a variety of beautiful souvenirs including baubles. Shop owners jostle to bring customers their stalls.

According to Memphistours the market dates back to the 14th century when a large market complex was built on the site of the Za’afran Tomb, which had been the burial place of the Fatimid rulers of Egypt. It also contains the largest gold and silver market in Egypt. The market has been modernised, however, there are still portions that display the original Mamluk style architecture, which featured great archways and vaulted ceilings.

Khan el-Khalili market, Cairo, Egypt. Image Credit: Diego Delso


The Khan el-Khalili market in Cairo, Egypt. Image Credit: V Manninen


Brass and silver lamps of all shapes and sizes at Khan el-Khalili, Cairo’s main market. Image Credit: Flickr/ annemarieangelo


Cairo – Khan El Khalili Bazaar. Flickr/ prilfish


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Khan el-Khalili (Arabic: خان الخليلي‎) is a major souk in the Islamic district of Cairo. The bazaar district is one of Cairo’s main attractions for tourists and Egyptians alike. Image Credit: Ahmed Al.Badawy


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The famous Khan al-Khalili bazaar market in Cairo. Image Credit: S J Pinkney