In effect, Wekalet El Ghouri is a commercial building used to house expatriate merchants, store and sell goods, and make commercial deals. The Sultan Al-Ghuri Agency, located on Tablita Street in the Al-Azhar neighborhood, known as the Palm and Dyeing Agency, was established by Sultan Al-Ashraf Abu Al-Nasr Qansuh Al-Ghuri in 909 AH / 1503 AD and retains many of its architectural details thanks to the care of the Arab Antiquities Conservation Department in 1357 AH / 1947 AD. The agency consists of five floors centered around a rectangular open courtyard surrounded on all four sides by halls. The northern facade is the main facade of the agency and has the main entrance. The first and second floors were used as shops for the sale and storage of goods, while the upper floors contained independent residences used by the public and merchants of Wekalet El Ghouri
Wekalet El Ghouri Arts Center
The Ghuri Agency is a school for the revival of artistic heritage and works to nurture and prepare new generations of artisans capable of carrying the banner of the nation’s artistic heritage and continuing to dive into the river of timeless and unique Egyptian creativity, and the boys who were trained by the elders of the industry in the sixties became trainers for generations to come.
Al-Ghuri Agency includes ten craft departments at present and seeks to increase it with new departments to revive several crafts exposed to extinction, namely (Arabic tailoring – fine carpentry – shell inlay – copper engraving – tent decoration – glass )
Al-Ghuri Agency is located within an architectural group built at the end of the Mamluk era, and its importance is because it was built during the era of a Circassian Mamluk, Al-Ashraf Abu Al-Nasr Konsowa Al-Ghuri, who ruled Egypt from 1501 to 1516, and he had graduated thanks to his intelligence until he took over the rule of Egypt and is the last of the Mamluk sultans, with the end of his era came the Ottoman invasion.
Konsowa Al-Ghuri built his important architectural group in the history of architecture, which consists of Al-Ghuri Agency – Al-Ghuri Mosque – Dome, Sabeel, Book, and Al-Ghuri School, located at the end of Al-Ghuriya Street at its intersection with Al-Azhar Street and takes the form of a distinctive architectural block, as it takes one extension whose lines appear in all parts of this architectural block.
As for the Al-Ghuri Agency, it is considered a model of what agencies were in that era, and fortunately, a large part of it remained, which helped to restore it to its original state.
Since the end of 2000, the agency has been undergoing a five-year restoration and documentation project.
As a result, the troupes of the General Authority for Culture Palaces (Ministry of Culture) Egypt, formed in February 1988 at the Al-Ghouri Heritage Palace and performed periodically throughout the year. It also participated in all national events inside the Arab Republic of Egypt and participated and participated in the foreign cultural exchange program and international festivals. The troupe has visited and performed in Japan, the United States of America, Austria, Hungary, Italy, Sweden, Norway, Denmark, Finland, France, China, and North Korea. Norway, Denmark, Finland, France, China, North Korea, South Korea, Hong Kong, Morocco, Tunisia, Syria, Lebanon, Jordan, Yemen, Romania, Czech Republic, India, United Kingdom, Canada, Turkey, Netherlands, Australia, Kenya, Greece and Singapore
It is a popular musical sentence that leads to the review of the capabilities of each musical instrument and the abilities of the musician.
Consequently, The Sufi Tanoura dance is characterized by a unique and special character, as it depends on circular movements and stems from the Islamic Sufi sense, which has a philosophical and semantic basis that goes back to the Mawlawi concept that the movement in the universe starts from a point and ends at the same point and that the movement is therefore circular, and when the Tanoura dancer (the scroll) revolves around himself, it is as if the sun revolves around him Through the successive cycles, they symbolize the succession of the four seasons, as they rotate counterclockwise, just like circumambulating the Kaaba, and when the Tanoura dancer raises his right hand from above and his left hand down, Notwithstanding he makes the connection between the earth and the sky, and by rotating around himself, it is as if he is relieving himself of everything to ascend to the sky.
Consequently, The accompanying songs are prayers to God, praise of the Prophet Muhammad and the righteous saints, and some songs and wailings on popular themes revolving around friendship, peace, generosity, love, and wisdom among people.
above all is a dance that relies on showing the dancer’s skills in using and shaping skirts and his physical fitness with the use of musical phrases and a fast and varied rhythm