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One of the few remaining Wikalas (Caravanserais) in Cairo, the Wikala al-Bazara was a medieval merchants hostel; traders slep in the upper rooms while the ground floor rooms around the courtyard were used for storing goods and stabling animals.

There were once 360 wikalas in Cairo during Ottoman times, now less than 20 remain. This one has been fully restored, and the views from the roof (for a little baksheesh to the guard of course) are some of the best of Islamic Cairo.

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Additional Photos by Julian Kaesler (Julian_K) Gold Star Critiquer/Silver Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 145 W: 21 N: 198] (1055)
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