Mosque of Sayyidna al-Hussein
There are few specific things to see in the khan but Fishawi’s Coffeehouse , in an alley one block west of Midan al-Hussein, is an...
It’s easy to dismiss Khan al-Khalili as a tourist trap, what with all the heavy-pressure touts and made-in-China trinkets. But Cairenes...
Congested and fabulous, the market street known as Sharia al-Muski begins in the khan (where it’s formally called Sharia Gawhar al-Qaid)...
Probably the oldest ahwa in the city, and certainly the most celebrated, Fishawi’s has been a great place to watch the world go by since...
Khan el-Khalili Restaurant & Mahfouz Coffee Shop
The luxurious Moorish-style interiors of this restaurant and adjoining cafe are a popular haven from the khan’s bustle. The place may be...
Mosque of Sayyidna al-Hussein information
One of the most sacred Islamic sites in Egypt, this mosque is the reputed burial place of the head of Hussein, the grandson of the Prophet whose death in Karbala, Iraq, cemented the rift between the Sunni and Shia branches of Islam. Never mind that the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus claims the same Shiite relic, and that both mosques were established by Sunnis – the site is still so holy that non-Muslims are not allowed inside. Most of the building dates from about 1870, except for the beautiful 14th-century stucco panels on the minaret. The modern metal sculptures in front are elegant Teflon canopies that expand to cover worshippers during Friday prayers.