The Ministry of Antiquities has concluded maintenance work at Cairo’s Sultan Qalawoun complex on El-Muizz Street, where damage was caused by a rising level of subterranean water due to a blockage in one of the water pipes.
Mohamed Abdel-Aziz, director-general of the Historic Cairo Rehabilitation Project, told Ahram Online that the maintenance work started a month ago after subterranean water under the Qalawoun complex increased beyond its normal level.
Abdel-Aziz said the ministry took steps to identify the cause of the problem, discovering that the rise in water levels was due to blockage in one of the drinking water pipes.
Wadalla Abul-Ela, the head of the Projects Department at the ministry, said that the pipe was cleared and the level of subterranean water has returned to normal.
The Qalawoun complex is among the magnificent structures erected during the Mameluk period in Egypt. The complex, built by Sultan Qalawoun on a plot of land by the western Fatimid Palace in 1284, consists of three buildings; a Madrassa (school) a Mausoleum, and a Bimaristan (hospital).
An archaeological engineering committee from the ministry is currently reviewing every inch of the complex to identify and repair water damage, including fixing cracks in the walls, reducing the level of humidity and cleaning out salts accumulated on the walls.
Abul-Ela pointed out that in 2007, the ministry restored the Qalawoun complex with a budget of EGP 37 million. The restoration work included the consolidation of the complex's walls and soil as well as the restoration of its wood works and decoration.