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Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Beit Al-Suheimi

In the courtyard of this beautiful mansion perform at given times the Al-Nil Troupe for Folk Instruments and other folk groups. Given the location it is a very nice way to cap off - or start - an evening visit to Khan El Khalili, but I suggest you call in advance if you plan to attend a concert.
For those of you who do not know, Beit Al-Suheimi is a wonderfully restored 17th century Ottoman style house in the Khan el Khalili northern area. It is in a small pedestrian-only alley connecting Sharia al Muizz to Sharia Hassanein. To get there I usually park outside the North wall, between Bab al-Futuh and Bab al-Nasr, enter Bab al-Futuh, walk past the Mosque of al-Hakim and turn left on the second main alley. There is a sign clearly visible on the wall.
I have seen cars, locals only, venturing on Sharia al-Muizz but I do not know the regulation (if any!). It looks to me that there is no chance to park close to Beit Al-Suheimi itself.
The house is really wonderful and can also be visited during weekdays from 9:00 to 5:00. Last time I visited the entry fee was 25 EGP.
Address: Al-Darb Al-Asfar Alley, Al-Hussein district, Old Cairo. Tel: 2591 3391

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