Beit Zeinab al-Khatoun

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Beit Zeinab al-Khatoun information

Location
Cairo , Egypt
Address
3 Sharia Mohammed Abduh
Telephone
+20 2735 7001
Prices
admission E£20
Opening hours
9am-5pm
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Beit Zeinab al-Khatoun is a small but interesting Ottoman-era house with a rooftop affording superb views of the surrounding minaret-studded skyline. The courtyard has a traditional ahwa or cafe, much frequented by young Cairenes. The house is on a little piazza at the end of a narrow street behind the Al-Azhar Mosque.

Across the plaza, Beit al-Harrawi is another fine 18th-century mansion, but its sparse interior isn’t worth the entry fee. Both houses are often used as concert venues, and Beit al-Harrawi is home to the Arabic Oud House , a music school; at night it’s often open and you can wander in for free.