Dervish Theater

Dervish Theater

The Dervish Theater is also known as Sama Khana and was dedicated to the dancing dervishes of the Mawlawiya sect. The building was built during the 19th century but does have some older sections. The remains of the Sunqur Saadi Medersa were found during excavations and had been used as foundations. Inside is a monastery complex and a circular chamber that is huge. The chamber has a special women's gallery that has floral and landscape decorated walls and dome. The building was restored in 1979 and 1989 by the Italian Cultural Center. Inside is an Italian-Egyptian restoration training center and an exhibition hall.

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