The ministry of state for antiquities, in cooperation with the ministry of culture, has repoened the 17th century Emir Mostafa Gorgi Mosque in Cairo’s Boulaq Abul Ela.
The mosque is also known by Mirza mosque because an area called Hosh Mizra is located at its eastern side where bathrooms are found to serve worshipers. The mosque includes of a wide court covered with four rewaq (corridors) with painted wooden ceilings.
The mosque was out of service for four years for restoration. Its foundation was consolidated as well as its walls and concrete pillars, which were painted. Broken and damaged tiles were restored while missing ones were replaced.
Mashrabiya (carved woodwork) widows were restored as well as wooden doors and the minbar (pulpit).
Antiquities minister Ahmed Eissa told Ahram Online that the restoration work took five years with a budget of LE27 million, as the mosque was in a very bad condition due to subterranean water damage.
The mosque is now open to worshippers and tourists.