built in 1382 by garkas al-khalili, master of horses to sultan barquq, khan al-khalili is one of the biggest bazaars in the middle east. this is the oriental bazaar of fable, where gold, silver, brass, and copper goods glitter enticingly in the cave-like interiors, and sacks overflowing with exotic spices fill the air with their pungent scents. its maze of narrow, canvas-covered alleyways is crammed with shops selling a huge variety of goods. here, too, traditional egyptian crafts, such as dyeing, carving, and sewing are practised as they have been for centuries.
Eyewitness Travel: Egypt. Dorling Kindersley Limited, London, 2007