Friday, June 23, 2006

The sabil of Mohamed Ali

"The sabil of Mohamed Ali remains closed four years after it was restored and a permanent exhibition installed in the conserved building. Jill Kamil asks why . . . . But no alternative date has been set, and the sabil remains closed four years after completion.
Al-Ahram Weekly is drawing attention to this restored and conserved building because it is not alone in representing a historic building saved from certain oblivion and then disused -- or should one say not yet used for the purpose for which it was intended.
The sabil is of special historical importance because it was built by a man of foreign origin and humble background whose long rule profoundly changed Egypt and its people; because its opulent carved- marble decoration marked a turning point in Cairo's architecture; and because the permanent exhibition, in the spacious hall of the upper floor -- which outlines Mohamed Ali's career and achievements as well as the brief life of his son Tusun -- was designed for the general public."
See the above article for the full story.

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