Hotels of old Egypt comfort did not differ…
Vikala al-Guri is an example of hotel of Egypt (responses of lodgers of last years somehow have not reached us…) for the dealers, remained better than others (from two hundred remained only 20 such gone to the earth or the dilapidated constructions existing till 1835) . Rooms on the top floors are converted in studio of painters (during guidebook writing they have been closed on restoration, but for tiny compensation the watchman will open them to you). Agree, not bad application for hotel of Egypt in the centre of Cairo. With the stalls for horses and the storerooms being under in a Spartan way arranged rooms, викала it is absolutely functional; but the rhythm of motley arches, sharp verticals of a sun blind and the severe laying, the facilitated mashrabiya and a smart fountain, appropriate it a certain elegance. Vikala has been constructed in 1505, soon after new routes "Egypt-East Indies" round the cape of the Quite good hope, reduced a role of Cairo in trade in spices have been open. But she, surely, witnessed the scenes, similar that that is described in «The Arab nightmare»:« On each side motionlessly standing мухташиба there were two huge Turks who held lamps on long sticks. Under chests with products because of which there was a squabble, black slaves pined. The group of young men in vain tried to persuade a camel to leave in the same gate into which it has entered. In the centre of a yard the lamb» was roasted. Here such they were, the best hotels of Egypt in the Middle Ages!
Routes: Egypt is examined from al-Guri mosque
Vikala is located on the lateral small street departing from Shary al-Azkhar. To reach it from al-Azkhar mosque, turn on it is left, and later on the lane round the market. Or you can come there after look at Guriya-mavzoley and al-Guri mosque madrasah. This pair of buildings of white and light brown colour forms a uniform complex at Shary al-Muizz skreshcheniye and al-Azkhar highway, and them clearly it is visible from the foot bridge. The trip to Egypt is worthy of it, that the main time to give to excursions! On the right (to the West) from the bridge there is a mosque madrasah, now completely restored. From its roof the market of spices and other vicinities is perfectly visible. The door is located on a diagonal from an entrance in the main part of a mosque, but it often happens is closed, in that case it is necessary to address to the watchman.
Successful Egypt: on a route to training centre in the mausoleum
Through the road there is al-Guri mausoleum (it is closed on restoration) which was no time is topped with a dome from the green tile, XX century which has fallen off first. On other party from a tomb al-Guri which at present is carrying out function of training centre for adults the palace is located. Closed now on restoration, it contains in itself(himself) showrooms and theatre with the beautiful ceiling reflecting the main lines of culture of old Egypt. There is no time here passed radeniye of turning dervishes, but now they have moved to the Citadel. Become the sovereign mamlyuksky sultan in 1500 in sixty years, Kansukh al-Guri remained active and after seventy, played a ball, wrote verses and conducted debates with sufiya, without forgetting such affairs traditional for the governor, as construction, intrigues and analysis of lawsuits. For certain it the question did not interest, how many there is a rest in Egypt in the 21st century. . But, without missing possibility to steal marble for the mosque madrasah, al-Guri wished, that it remembered for severe observance of precepts of the Koran. It has sentenced the dervish accused in «atheism, a chernoknizhnichestvo and milk use for ablution and an intimate toilet», to execution: that naked has been taken on the city on a camel, and is hung up later. At all this he still scolded own judges for condescension, emphasising with that a religion role in ancient Egypt.
Al-Guri has been killed in 1516 during fight with Turks under Aleppo. His body have not found, and the tomb intended for the governor was occupied by his ill-starred successor Tumanbey. About this time – twilight of a mamlyuksky era – Gamalya al-Gitani story "Zayni Barakat" knows.
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