Coming to the Rescue of an Endangered Monument in Historic Cairo
5 October 2013
The Fruit-seller’s Mosque (gama’ al-fakahani) has been serving its neighbourhood, which includes food and clothes markets, for more than 850 years. Most of the present building dates to 1735, and time has taken a heavy toll. The roof has reached the condition where collapse could happen at any time. The Prince Claus Fund for Cultural Development from the Netherlands came to the rescue again. The current turbulent situation in Egypt caused some delay, but finally the remedial work by ARCHiNOS Architecture commenced on 1 October 2013. The warm welcome to our team coming back to work on mediaeval Cairo’s main street–from both the traditional neighbourhood and the local antiquities authorities—has been extremely rewarding.