Gayer-Anderson Museum (Bayt al-Kiritliya), Cairo

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Tour a well-preserved 17th-century complex and see a vast collection of carpets, furniture, and curiosities at Gayer-Anderson Museum (Bayt al-Kiritliya), a set of two houses exhibiting a variety of artifacts collected by a British doctor and amateur orientalist. Take a walk in the inner courtyard and admire carved arches and lattices, and tour the thematic rooms with ceramics, portraits, chests, and a wide array of 19th-century furniture. Highlights include the Mohamed Ali Room, a Persian room, a Byzantine room, an ancient Egyptian room, and a Damascus room with elaborate baldachins. Don't miss the secret chamber of Makhba and the harem room. Take a look at our Cairo trip itinerary builder website to schedule your visit to Gayer-Anderson Museum (Bayt al-Kiritliya) and learn about what else to see and do during your holiday.
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  • Two traditional Cairo houses (17th Century CE) nicely restored/decorated by a British army officer who was "transferred" to service in the Egyptian Army in the early 1900s. This is an excellent... 
    Two traditional Cairo houses (17th Century CE) nicely restored/decorated by a British army officer who was "transferred" to service in the Egyptian Army in the early 1900s. This is an excellent...  more »
  • This is my favorite place in Cairo. The museum is off the beaten path, which is good. I would totally recommend to visit it after or before visiting the next door beautiful Ibn al Tulun Mosque. Come.....  more
    This is my favorite place in Cairo. The museum is off the beaten path, which is good. I would totally recommend to visit it after or before visiting the next door beautiful Ibn al Tulun Mosque. Come.....  more »
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  • This Islamic architectural masterpiece was the home of a rich family from Crete. There are actually two medieval houses, joined together, restored and refurnished by Major Gayer-Anderson, an Englishman who lived in them from 1935 to 1942. The houses are well preserved and give a good idea about the level of luxury and comfort that could be attained by wealthy people of Cairo about three hundred years ago. Major Gayer Anderson was a great collector of Oriental art and the main pieces of his collection are on display in various thematic rooms, named according to the origin of the exposed artifacts: Persian, Byzantine, Egyptian, Chinese, Indian, Syrian (or Damascus Room) and so on. The light, filtered through mashrabiya windows, creates a magic ambiance all over the place. The polychrome fountain, Ottoman tiles, alcoves, multicolor cushions, richly decorated ceiling beams and coffee tables give visitors the feeling of Oriental movie stage. Even a few scenes from a James Bond series movie were shoot here.
  • Prayer-Anderson loved the Egyptian culture; he bought two adjacent traditional houses and converted them to a museum. Each room or section adopt a different culture, starting from the pharaonic era till the tradition English culture.

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