On Wednesday, Khaled El-Anany, Egypt’s Minister of Tourism and Antiquities, chaired the extraordinary session of the Board of Directors of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, at the ministry’s headquarters in Cairo.
During the meeting, the minister hailed the efforts exerted by the Supreme Council of Antiquities to complete 15 years of architectural renovation works and installations inside the southern tomb of Egyptian King Djoser.
The final preparations of the restoration project of Mohammed Ali Pasha Palace in Shubra were also reviewed, as a prelude to be inaugurated during the last quarter of this year.
One of the interesting things that characterized Mohammed Ali Palace in Shubra was that it witnessed the first modern lighting system.
The palace was unique in combining the European style in decorations and the spirit of Islamic architecture planning. Four ceilings enclosed with a large fountain standing as if it were the yard of a mosque.
However, the drawings and decorations were painted in the 19th century’s Italian and French styles. It embraces a host of paintings of Mohammed Ali himself and his family members.
In a related context, the restoration works of the Mohammad Ali Mosque and the Clock Tower of the Citadel of Salah al-Din al-Ayyubi in Cairo are in full swing. The restoration process aims to restore their original luster, and highlight their archaeological and artistic beauty.
The Mosque of Mohammad Ali is located in the western corner of the southern section of the castle. It overlooks the city of Cairo with its domes and minarets. It is considered one of Cairo’s archaeological and tourist attractions. It is also known as the Alabaster Mosque.