Monday, May 12, 2008

Al Ghuri Palace Cairo, Egypt

So as I said last night, we went to a fabulous concert last night. It was at a place called Al Ghuri Palace. This is a 16th century palace and the ambience was AMAZING!

On our way to the concert we walked through Khan el-Khalili, Cairo's oldest and most famous bazaar, prayed maghreb in Al Hussein mosque.

(Al Hussein Mosque- front view at sunset)

(Al Hussein Mosque- side view)

Its always amazing walking in this area. It was busy with tourists and locals alike, always is. Then a short walk down Al Azhar Street to the palace.

(A part of the bazaar adjacent to Mosque)

The palace was constructed by Sultan Qansuwa Al Ghuri, the last powerful ruler of the Mamelukes in Egypt. Qansuwa died at the hands of the Ottomans and his body is buried in this complex. They use it now as a cultural center and theater. So this is where we watched the concert...

The guitarists name was Emad Hamdy. He is really good; he played Rodrigo's Concierto de Aranjuez, really really good! Along with some other sets as well.

Here are a few misc. pics of the Palace... a bit blury, but you get the idea.

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