Located in the historic neighborhood of El-Darb El-Ahmmar, near Al-azhar Mosque and Khan El Khalili street, yet away from all the crowd is the historic house of Zainab Khatoun who was a Mamluk princess.
The house itself is an example of Mamluk architecture with its mashrabiyas, high cellings and extremely beautiful mosaic windows. But its most prominent feature and my favorite part of the entire house is its roof, which gives an amazing view of the surrounding area of Fatimid Cairo and al-Azhar University campus.
Zainab Khatoon’s house is a great place for taking photos with its mystic and historical vibes and overall aesthetic design especially. I’m very glad I chose to visit the house at golden hour — it really added to the beauty and aesthetic of my experience, I loved the way the light hits the colorful windows and reflects into the house and I took some really great photos.
The house is an insight into Cairene life in the Mamluk era, it’s a taste of Cairo in the glory of its olden days.