Khan El Khalili Bazaar
In a unique tile that dates back to the 14th century, and with a magical incense smell, go back in time and go shopping with Mamelukes in Khan El Khalili Bazaar. Walk through rare Islamic monuments with special architecture. See how the charm of Islamic architecture with its vibrant colors, rich patterns, and symmetrical silhouettes! Live the magic of mosques, palaces, Mashrabias, Sbils, and other Islamic-style buildings. Just visit Khan El Khalili Bazaar to enter this time gap.
While you cross through the bright lanterns, colorful lambs, and shiny handicrafts there, enter these remarkable Islamic buildings. Go with the eras, wandering huge entrances and halls. Then go up historical stairs to follow the steps of Princes and sultans of the state of Fatimid and Mamelukes. Look to these historical magical streets and these ancient Lanes from Mashrabia.
Once you enter Khan Al Khalili Bazaar, you will find wooden ceilings, tiled alleys, and vaults containing many rare antiques and souvenirs. Also, you will meet restaurants offering you the most popular Egyptian food, and cafes telling their long story of history. They will say hello to you with a smell of ambergris, jasmine agate, coral, emerald, turquoise, and king perfume.
When Visiting This Bazaar What To Buy
Khan el Khalili bazaar Cairo is where you find a market combined with the spirit of the Middle Ages with narrow streets that full of fabric shops, rugs & carpets with special eastern designs, fresh spices of any variety, the perfume market with countless mixing scents of essential oils & incense.
There are a lot of shops that sell Pharaonic objects fashioned, high-coped Pharaonic artifacts, authentic papyrus, mosaic lamps and mirrors, backgammon boards, and hand-crafted sheesha pipes, swords, belts, daggers, copper helmets, pharaonic artifacts, Indian, Yemeni, and Ethiopian stones, shell products such as trinkets.
All of these products in Khan el Khalili bazaar Cairo are handmade by professional hands. In the heart of the market, you will find shops sell golden & silver accessories too.
Allow the Mamelukes to offer you their popular drinks like hibiscus, tamarind, and carob, and unique food on restaurants and coffees that most of them have history dates back hundred years, and visit Khan El Khalili Market Bazaar.
Even if you don’t need to buy anything, give yourself the experience of viewing how the Egyptians in the 14th century marketed and lived in these unique houses and buildings.
The History Of Khan El-Khalili Bazaar
When you go through this great market, realize that you do your shopping in a market has about 658 years ago, as it was built in 1362 by Sultan Jahirkas al-Khalili, one of the Sultans of the Circassian Mamluk.
The area of Khan El-Khalili was known as the “Za’ aafran, and it was the burial place of the Fatimid rulers of Egypt where they keened on visiting to establish some customs, but Jahirkas al-Khalili came to build this Khan, removing these tombs.
Rebuilding this market started under Sultan Barquq with this period (1382-1399), to revive the country after the ravages of the Black Death within the 13th and 14th centuries. Still, there are a lot of secrets about this amazing historical place, and a magical feeling is waiting for you. Actually, you will live each story of the 14th century by visiting Khan El-Khalili Bazaar.
Points To Put In Your Consideration While Walking Through This Mamelukes Market
It is better to have coins and small changes to pay the exact price of anything you need to buy. Also, it is okay to bargains for the price, and do not be ashamed.
You are shopping in an open-air market, so you will find the products are offered outdoor the shops, that is why if some sellers tell you that they have a lot of other products inside the shop, wasting your most time inside only one shop, while others offer all their products that include the souvenirs that these sellers keep in his shop, outdoor it will be recommended to complete your tour without going inside the shops.
It is better to avoid buying gold or any other precious things from small shops and buy them from bigger ones.
Finally, It’s a busy place like any other market in the World and it’s important to know where you are going and how to return back.