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Tuesday, July 11, 2017
News, Cairo: Three Islamic Monuments Inaugurated in El-Moez Street
edifices from the Mameluke, Ottoman and Ayyubid eras were inaugurated Monday in
Historic Cairo after intensive restoration. Written By/ Nevine El-Aref.
of Antiquities Khaled El-Enany along with Cairo Governor Atef Abdel Hamid and
other high-ranking government officials and foreign ambassadors flocked to
El-Moez street in Medieval Cairo to inaugurate three Mameluke, Ayyubid and
cutting the red ribbon, the dignitaries, along with Archbishop of St.
Catherine's Monastery Demitry Demianos, stood for a moment of silence on the
stairs of the Sabil-Kuttab of Mohamed Ali in memory of the Egyptian officers
and soldiers who were killed in a terrorist attack on Friday in Rafah, North
officials present included Local Development Minister Hesham Al-Sherif as well
as the ministers of culture and religious endowments and directors of foreign
archaeological institutes in Egypt.
inauguration tour started by the Sabil-Kuttab (public water fountain and
Quranic school) of Khesru Pasha before moving to the Qubbet (Dome) Nagm El-Din
Ayyub and finally Mohib El-Din El-Tayeb Hall.
The Ceiling of Khesru Sabil Kuttab
these three monuments was part of a national campaign launched by the Ministry
of Antiquities in 2015 to restore 100 monuments in Historic Cairo,"
El-Enany told Ahram Online.
added that the newly inaugurated edifices are the first batch of a restoration
campaign that includes seven monuments. The four still being restored include
Maqaad Mammay Al-Seify, Al-Salihiyya Madrassa (school) Saeed Al-Saadaa’ Khanqah
and the Abul Dahab monumental complex.
ministry has allocated EGP 9 million to restore these seven. Mohamed
Abdel-Aziz, director-general of Historic Cairo Rehabilitation Project explains
that the first three monuments were like other Islamic ones in heavily populated
areas like Al-Moez street: suffering from ill use by area inhabitants, excess
subterranean water leaking in, and cracked walls.
The Al-Tayyeb Hall
after two years of work, he said, the edifices have regained their original
grandeur. The sabil-kuttab of Khesru Pasha is one of the most beautiful Ottoman
sabils with a sabil on the first floor and the kuttab on the second.
Al-Saleh Negm El-Din dome is a rare example of a significant period in Egyptian
Islamic history, when the Mamelukes took the Egyptian throne from the Ayyubids.
The dome, he explains, was built by Shagaret Al-Dor as a burial place for her
husband Al-Sultan Negm Al-Din, the last Ayyubid ruler. It consists of a large
hall with a wooden sarcophagus in the middle and two other halls holding a kuttab
and a small mosque.
Fawzi, coordinator of the El-Moez street project, said that the Moheb Al-Din
Abul-Tayyeb Hall was originally the reception hall of a palace built during the
14th Century. During the 1940s, the palace was severely damaged when work began
on Beit Al-Qadi road. The hall was the only section left intact in the stunning
it is a vast square visitor hall with a large mashrabiya façade. A marble water
tap decorates the center and overhead is a fine wooden ceiling ornamented with
colourful foliage and geometrical drawings. To the left is a small passage
leading to a bathroom with a vaulted ceiling.