This is a wonderful art museum that is located in the Sayyida Zeinab neighborhood adjacent to Ibn Tulun Mosque in Cairo City. It was named after Major R.G. Gayer Anderson Pasha who resided at the house from 1935 to 1942 with permission from the Egyptian government. His house in the museum is considered the best-preserved example of the bewitching 17th-century architecture that was left in Cairo and also for the incredible objects, carpets, furniture, and everything inside.
Gayer Anderson Museum was established in 1937 based on two ancient residences which are The Beit Amna Bent Salim from 1540 and The Beit El-Kiridiliya from 1632. You will find inside the museum the private collection of the major in addition to lots of precious carpets, glassware, silks, Arab costumes, and furniture.
Gayer Anderson joined the Royal Army Medical Corps in 1904 and then he joined the Egyptian Army in 1907. He was promoted in 1914 and became a Major and in the same year, he became an Assistant adjutant General for recruiting in the Egyptian Army.
Gayer retired from the army in 1919 and he became the senior inspector in the Egyptian Ministry of the Interior. After that, he became the secretary of the British Residency in Cairo. Finally, he retired in 1924 and he spent the rest of his life in Egypt trying to expand his interests in Oriental studies and Egyptology.
There are some amazing legends that are closely associated with the house of Gayer Anderson including:
The House was built on the remnants of an ancient mountain called "Gebel Yashkur" and it is believed that the Ark of Noah rested there after the Deluge. It is believed that that house was built on the spot where Moses was spoken to by God. His house and his small sailing boat were protected by Haroun El-Husseini who was actually been buried under one corner of the house. It is believed that the well of the house has some miraculous qualities and if a lover looked into it, he won’t see his reflection but instead, he will see his beloved reflection.
The house is mainly divided into two halves which are the Haramlik "The Family Residence" and the Salamlik "The Guest House". There are five entrances in the house, a courtyard, the reception room that is called 'The Maq’ad", the reception Roo "Qa’a", the Service room, the Khazna "The Safe Room", the Harem, the Secret Chamber "Makhba", the Main Stairs of the House, the reading & writing rooms, the Roof Garden, the Persian Room, the Byzantine Room, the Ancient Egyptian Room, Mohamed Ali Room, and the Damascus Room.
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