Khan El Khalili

Khan El Khalili
20 / January / 2022

About Khan El Khalili

Khan El Khalili is the largest and most ancient touristic market in the region and one of the most interesting places to explore in Egypt. This is where many tourists who visit Egypt purchase their gifts and souvenirs from the land of the Nile   

The History and Establishment of Khan El Khalili

Khan El Khalili has been founded more than 600 years ago. This is why it is considered one of the most ancient in Egypt and all over the Middle East. The Khan still preserves its magnificent architectural elements.

In fact, the word Khan, in Arabic, means a large square shaped store. The name of Khan El Khalili originates from Jaharkas El Khalili, a Mamluk prince, from El Khalil in Palestine. He is the one who ordered the establishment of Khan El Khalili in 1382.

Khan El Khalili remained as the inspiration of several Egyptian artists and authors, including Naguib Mahfouz, Egypt Nobel’s literature winner, who used to sit in the cafes of Khan El Khalili.

The Location of Khan El Khalili

Khan El Khalili is situated at the heart of Islamic Cairo just beside the historical mosque of Al Hussein. Khan El Khalili is actually parallel to the famous Muiz Street where several Islamic monuments is located.

Interesting places and things to do in Khan El Khalili

There are two things that travelers who tour Egypt should never miss while exploring the wonders of Khan El Khalili. The first is certainly shopping. There isn’t simply any type of gifts or souvenirs that you can’t buy from Khan El Khalili.

The list includes alabaster, wooden items, Shisha, oriental musical instruments, belly dancing outfits, Pharaonic statues’ replicas, perfumes, and many more.

Another thing you shouldn’t miss in Khan El Khalili is to experience the traditional café, smoking a Shisha and enjoying a drink. You  can also surely have a tour of the nearby impressive monuments.