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Al-Harrawi House


History and Description:

Al-Harrawi house was built in 1731 by Ahmed Ben Yousef El –Serafi in what was then the heart of the city. It is named after its last owner, Abdel Rahman El-Harrawi, who was the Hakim (Doctor) of Qasr El-Aini Medical School. Common to the architectural design of the period, the first section of the house is an open-air courtyard. The stone courtyard sits at the bottom of three floors decorated with hand.




The courtyard leads to the other sections of the house, including the large mandarah, or sitting room. The mandarrah is a lavish room with carved wooden ceilings and a mosaic inlaid octagonal fountain. The middle section of the mandarah consists of a slightly raised area so that the master of the house could sit elevated in a position of honor above his guests.


This house is one of a few that remained in good shape over the years because it was restored several times by the Committee for the Conservation of the Monuments of Arab Art between 1920 and 1950.


Al- Harrawi House Location:

It is located among a unique collection of Islamic houses in Al-Azhar area as it is adjacent to Al-Sit Wasilla House and overlooks Zeinab Khatun House on Mohammad Abdo Street.


Al-Harrawi House, Home to the Arab Oud House

Al-Harrawi House is not only a tourist destination and an example of the Islamic architecture of Fatimid Cairo, but also is the home to the famous Arab Oud House, which presenting diversified artistic shows and concerts.