Wikala El-Ghouri, this feat of Islamic architecture is open to public during day time.  According to locals, this building used to be a caravansaray, a hotel for merchants.  Despite its popular location in the Khan El Khalili district, Wikala El-Ghouri is dismissed by many a tourist who come all the way to visit the bazaar. As such, the El-Ghouri complex, is one the most under visited sites in Cairo . Perhaps it is the weather-weary façade that puts the tourists off.

Nonetheless, there is more to this complex than its architecture. On Wednesday and Saturday evenings, the Wikala El-Ghouri hosts Sufi performances, that is, a show featuring sufi music and whirling dervishes’ dance. Many tourists recount their encounters with whirling dervishes during candle-lit dinners on a cruise. “The performance was tasteless,” seems to be their unanimous feedback. Unlike the simulated reproductions of Sufism that one might come across on a cruise dinner, the Wikalat El-Ghouri show is original, enchanting and well worth the time.

Whirling Dervishes in Wikala El-Ghouri