Photographer's Note

The most famous market of Cairo for tourists, rich of interesting architectures like this arch amnd a lot of artcrafts. I particularly liked the lamps we see in the FG.
I chose to do not correct wide lenses distorsion, because this would lead to cut part of them

Infos from Wikipedia:
Khan el-Khalili (Arabic: خان الخليلي‎) is a major souk in the Islamic district of Cairo. The bazaar district is one of Cairo's main attractions for tourists and Egyptians alike.

The souk dates back to 1382, when Emir Djaharks el-Khalili built a large caravanserai (خان khan in Arabic) in Cairo under the Burji Mamluk Sultan Barquq; the eponymous khan is still extant. By the time of Barquq, the first Circassian Mamluk Sultan (1382- 1399 A.D.) much reconstruction needed to be done within the walls of the city in order to repair the damage incurred as a result of the Black Death. When Barquq started his madrassa in Bayn el-Qasrayn, markets were rebuilt, and Khan el-Khalili was established.[1] It was also known Turkish bazaar during the Ottoman Empire.

In addition to shops, there are several coffeehouses (مقهى maqha or قهوة qahwah, depending on dialect), restaurants, and street food vendors distributed throughout the market. The coffeeshops are generally small and quite traditional, serving Arabic coffee and usually offering shisha. The al-Hussein Mosque is also in Khan el-Khalili; Al-Azhar University and its mosque are not far away, Another famous place to hang out in Khan el Khalili is "Qahwet el Fishawy" this place is incredible for everyone, they serve one of the best shisha in Egypt.

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