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Egypt Resumes Restoration of al-Zahir Baybars Mosque

Egypt Resumes Restoration of al-Zahir Baybars Mosque

Thursday, 18 October, 2018 - 08:45
Egyptian workers carry out restoration work inside al-Zahir Baybars Mosque. Ministry of Antiquities photo
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Egypt has resumed the restoration of Cairo's monumental 13th century al-Zahir Baybars mosque.

Workers removed dried weeds from inside the mosque and restored fittings.

The Antiquities Ministry said it expected to complete the 100 million Egyptian pound ($5.57 million) restoration project in 12 to 18 months.

The mosque was built by the Mamluk Sultan al-Zahir Baybars bin Abdullah Al-Bindakari between 1266 and 1268.

Work to restore the mosque began in 2007, but stopped in 2011.

Cairo has a wealth of historic buildings of architectural interest, from the ancient era of the pharaohs through the flowering of Islamic civilization.

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