Tuesday, August 11, 2015

News, Cairo: A Campaign to Rescue 100 Mediaeval Monuments Launched

A national campaign to rescue 100 monuments in historic Cairo began at the end of July. Written by Nevine El-Aref.

Within the framework of the Historic Cairo Rehabilitation Project (HCRP), the Ministry of Antiquities launched last Thursday a national campaign to safeguard 100 Islamic and Coptic monumental edifices in historic Cairo.

Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh Eldamaty told Ahram Online that the campaign aims at rescuing these monuments not only for their historical and archaeological value but to give them back their original role in the Egyptian community.

Until now, he pointed out, 100 monumental buildings have been rescued since 2000 when the HCRP started and the second lot of 100 structures is to launch now.

Mohamed Abdel Aziz, deputy minister of antiquities for Islamic and Coptic monuments, said that an archaeological committee is now carefully selecting the 100 monuments in order to start their restoration and rehabilitation.

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