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Bayt Al-Suhaymi, Cairo

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Bayt Al-Suhaymi ("House of Suhaymi") is a Traditional Egyptian Islamic themed house and museum in Cairo, Egypt. It was originally built in 1648 by Abdel Wahab el Tablawy along the Darb al-Asfar, a very prestigious and expensive part of Islamic Cairo. In 1796 it was purchased by Sheikh Ahmed as-Suhaymi whose family held it for several subsequent generations. The Sheikh greatly extended the house from its original through incorporating neighbouring houses into its structure.

The house is built around a sahn in the centre of which there is a small garden with plants and palm trees. From here several of the fine mashrabiya windows in the house can be seen. Today the house is a museum which foreign visitors can tour for 35 Egyptian pounds (15 for students). Much of the marble floor work, wooden furniture, and ceiling decor is still intact. Restoration took place after the earthquake of 1992.
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  • Of the houses and palaces we visited in Cairo this was our favorite. A maze of rooms, what it must have been like to grow up as a child in a place where one could no doubt disappear and not be... 
    Of the houses and palaces we visited in Cairo this was our favorite. A maze of rooms, what it must have been like to grow up as a child in a place where one could no doubt disappear and not be...  more »
  • Fascinating insight into life in an Islamic family home. We were wandering and admiring the workmanship when one of the workers started to describe the use of the rooms, he took us all round the... 
    Fascinating insight into life in an Islamic family home. We were wandering and admiring the workmanship when one of the workers started to describe the use of the rooms, he took us all round the...  more »
  • I visited it with my friends we saw beit al suhaymi it was good we had lovely pictures there we had a lunch also it was good 
    I visited it with my friends we saw beit al suhaymi it was good we had lovely pictures there we had a lunch also it was good  more »

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