Last Update 15:4
Monday, 11 December 2017

Salah El-Din Citadel's Bir Youssef to be excavated: Supreme Council of Antiquities

Nevine El-Aref , Wednesday 29 Nov 2017
citadel
one of the wheels
Share/Bookmark
Views: 2017
Share/Bookmark
Views: 2017

An Egyptian mission from the Ministry of Antiquities is set to start excavation inside Bir Youssef (Youssef's Well) in Cairo's Citadel of Salah El-Din to reveal any possible secrets it could hold, Mostafa Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, told Ahram Online.

"After examining the well, I believe that excavation could reveal its mystery," Waziri said, adding that the well will be restored and opened for the public for the first time.

The well was constructed in the citadel under the order of the first sultan and Egypt and Syria Salah El-Din Al-Ayoubi (1137 – 1174) to store water during military sieges.

The well is located at the southern side of Qalawoun Mosque inside the citadel, and can be reached through a passage that leads to a domed hall with a spiral staircase engraved in rock. The well consists of three levels and holds two water wheels and a spiral staircase.

citadel
the well

Short link:

 

Email
 
Name
 
Comment's
Title
 
Comment
Ahram Online welcomes readers' comments on all issues covered by the site, along with any criticisms and/or corrections. Readers are asked to limit their feedback to a maximum of 1000 characters (roughly 200 words). All comments/criticisms will, however, be subject to the following code
  • We will not publish comments which contain rude or abusive language, libelous statements, slander and personal attacks against any person/s.
  • We will not publish comments which contain racist remarks or any kind of racial or religious incitement against any group of people, in Egypt or outside it.
  • We welcome criticism of our reports and articles but we will not publish personal attacks, slander or fabrications directed against our reporters and contributing writers.
  • We reserve the right to correct, when at all possible, obvious errors in spelling and grammar. However, due to time and staffing constraints such corrections will not be made across the board or on a regular basis.
Latest

© 2010 Ahram Online.