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Friday, October 31, 2014
News: Al Khalifa monuments are under restoration
Rokaya Mosque and Mausoleum and both Qubet Aateka and Al-Gaafari at Al Khalifa
area in Al-Sayeda Zeinab are finally under restoration
Rokaya mosque and mausoleum
antiquities ministry in October is to start a comprehensive restoration project
of three of Al-Khalifa area's monuments, including Al-Sayeda Rokaya Mosque and
Mausoleum and both Qubet Aateka and Al-Gaafari.
Khalfa area is located in Al-Sayeda Zeinab district in Down Town Cairo and it
houses a number of Islamic monuments from the Ayuubid and Fatimid era. Among
the most important is the mausoleum of Queen Shagaret Al-Dur, wife of the
Ayyubid Sultan Nagm Al-Dim Ayub, the Mosque and Mausoleum of Prophet Mohamed's
daughter Al-Sayeda Rokaya and both Qubet Aateka and Al-Gaafari which are
mausoleums of members of Prophet Mohamed family.
Minster Mamdouh El-Damaty told Ahram Online that the project – funded via a US
grant of $116 million – should help promote tourism to Egypt.
Rokaya mausoleum from inside
Abdel-Aziz, director of the Historic Cairo Rehabilitation Project, said the
restoration work will be carried out in two phases. The first is consolidating
the structure's foundations, columns and walls. Also, cracks that have spread
over the buildings in the past centuries will be restored while salt
accumulated in several locations inside and outside the structures due to the
high rate of humidity will be removed.
second phase includes the restoration of all the buildings' wooden items, as
well as repairing or replacing damaged tiles. All the decorative elements of
the ceilings will also be restored.
to the project timeline, the restoration project is to be completed in July
2015 and the three monuments will be ready for official inauguration, said
Rokaya Mosque and Mausoleum was built by Al-Sayeda Alam Al-Amireya, the wife of
Fatimid Caliph Al-Hakim Bi Amr Allah in remembrance of Prophet Mohamed's
daughter Rokaya. It is located at the western side of the Al-Khalifa street
adjacent to the Sagaret Al-Dur mosque. The mausoleum has three arcades and two
niches with gypsum foliage elements. Neighbouring the Al-Sayeda Rokaya Mosque
and mausoleum found both Qubet Aateka and Al-Gaafari.
Al-Gaffari was built in 1120 AD and it belongs to Mohamed Ibn Gaafar the
grand-grand son of Prophet Mohamed's cousin Ali Ibn Abi Taleb. Qubet Aateka was
built in 1122 AD and it belongs to Al-Sayeda Aateka bent Zeid, Prophet
Aziz said that Qubet Aateka is very important because it houses the oldest
Fatimid dome ever found while Qubet Al-Gaffari and Al-Sayeda Rokaya mosque and
mausoleum display a distinguished Islamic decorative elements and were built
later after their death to commemorate them.