Cairo Sights

Qa'a of Muhhib al-Din

  • House/Mansion/Villa

Published 01/10/2017

Fodor's Review

Halfway up a street called Shar'a Bayt al-Qadi, on the west side of al-Mu'iz, this qa'a (great hall) has little to distinguish it save a small plaque (if the door isn't open, knock and the custodian will appear; otherwise, just walk in and find him). Inside is one of the greatest spaces in Islamic Cairo: a hall that towers 50 feet, with exquisite wood and stone carving. Also known as the house of Uthman Kathkhuda, after the 18th-century Ottoman lieutenant who converted the original 14th-century Mamluk qa'a, the hall has superb features from both periods. The marble mosaic around the fountain is remarkable, and if you can get up to the roof, take a look at the malqaf (wind catcher); these devices were once used to ventilate Cairo houses.

Sight Information

Address:

Shar'a Bayt al-Qadi, Cairo, Cairo, Egypt

Sight Details:

  • Free, donation suggested

Published 01/10/2017

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