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Monday, October 17, 2016
News, Cairo: Al-Tunbagha Al-Mardani Mosque to Be Restored Soon
French expert has examined the architectural condition of Al-Tunbagha
Al-Mardani Mosque in Bab Zuweila area in a step towards drawing up a plan for
its restoration. Written By/ Nevine El-Aref.
Polio Inspect the Iwan al Qibla
expert Christophe Polio, from the Aga Khan Historic Cities Programme (AKHCP),
has embarked on an inspection tour around Al-Tunbagha Al-Mardani Mosque in Bab
Zuweila area to check its architectural conditions as a step towards drawing up
a plan for its restoration.
Abdel Aziz, head of the Historic Cairo unit at the Ministry of Antiquties, told
Ahram Online that the mosque edifice has several problems due to erosion. There
is also a high level of humidity and accumulated salts on the mosque's walls
due to the leakage of water from nearby streets.
existence in a busy residential area, Abdel Aziz said, has added to its
deterioration due to the negative behaviour of area inhabitants who throw
garbage beside it.The mosque was also subject to bad restoration practices in
1896 by the Arab Heritage Conservation Committee, responsible for Islamic
monuments at the time.
his inspection tour, Polio told Ahram Online that the prayer hall (Iwan
Al-Qibla) is the most deteriorated part of the mosque and needs to be
completely rehabilitated. Cracks have spread over the walls and its woodwork
and marble are in a very bad condition.
is to write a detailed report on the mosque's condition and will suggest a plan
for its restoration. Both are to be submitted to Minister of Antiquities Khaled
El-Enany for discussion in a special meeting with Polio next week.
mosque of Al-Tanbugha Al-Mardani was built in the style of congregational
mosques. it has a court surrounded by four aisles. The deepest and largest of
the aisles is the one in the direction of prayer.
the centre of the nave there is an octagonal fountain covered with marble. The
facade of the northern aisle is covered with beautiful marble inscribed with
the date of construction. The rest of the prayer direction wall is covered with
a fine marble dado, or panel, inlaid with mother of pearl. The Mosque has three
entrances and a dome supported by eight granite pillars.