Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Hanging Church in Old Cairo restored

Ahram Online (Nevine El-Aref)

Following 13 years of restorations to the fourth century Hanging Church in Old Cairo, it will finally welcome its worshipers back in time to perform their Easter prayer ceremonies.

Within days, Prime Minister Essam Sharaf is set to officially inaugurate the Hanging Church for Coptic Easter.

Zahi Hawass, Egypt’s well-known antiquities expert, who is expected to accept re-appointment as minister of antiquities, detailed that the LE120m budget (roughly $20m) dedicated to the Hanging Church’s restoration was mainly to reduce the water leakage into the church, strengthen the foundation of the church Babylon fortress in order to protect them from future damage. The walls were reinforced, missing and decayed stones were replaced and masonry cleaned and desalinated. The decorations and icons of the church were also subjected to fine restoration in collaboration with Russian experts and new lighting and ventilation systems have been installed.

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