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Islamic museum in Cairo seriously damaged after bomb blast
Facade of the museum is destroyed, and some interior ceilings have collapsed
Nevine El-Aref, Friday 24 Jan 2014
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MIA facade before destruction
MIA facade destroyed

The façade of the Museum of Islamic Art in central Cairo has been completely destroyed by a powerful car bomb that exploded outside the adjacent Cairo Security Directorate early on Friday morning.

Four people were killed and at least 76 injured in the bomb last, according to health ministry figures.

The blast of the bomb also destroyed the façade of the nearby Egyptian National Library and Archives building.

Minister of State for Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim told Ahram Online during his inspection tour of the museum that the blast had destroyed the façade of the building, which had featured rich patterns and elaborate decoration in the Islamic style. The huge decorated columns at the front of the building have also been destroyed.  

“The museum building is in a real mess,” said Ibrahim, describing the interior of the museum as “topsy-turvy.” According to Ibrahim, a number of ceilings inside the building collapsed, and some artefacts were damaged.

“Until now I cannot move freely inside the museum to continue my inspection tour due to safety reasons, as the ceilings are still on the verge of collapsing,” he said.

Ministry employees are working hard to secure the museum’s contents and to ensure that any damaged artefacts are removed for restoration.

“Once we evacuate the whole museum, the building is to be subjected to restoration,” said Ibrahim

He described the incident as a “great loss” for Egypt and the world.

The Museum of Islamic Art is home to an exceptional collection of rare woodwork and plaster artefacts, as well as metal, ceramic, glass, crystal, and textiles objects of all Islamic periods from all over the world.

The museum is a two-storey building; the lower floor contains the exhibition halls displaying 2,500 artefacts in 25 galleries. The second floor and the basement are used for storage.

 





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judith martin
26-01-2014 02:56am
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SAD!
The poor Egyptians killed or injured...the beauty of the building and its contents reflect the beauty of Islam. These terrible deeds are not the work of followers of God. They are evil deeds. I am a New Zealand friend of Egypt. Please dear Egypt stay strong and do not allow these horrible people to beat you down.
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Che
25-01-2014 09:24am
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The enemies of beauty, peace, history and Egypt
The barbaric and stupid act of the enemies of Egypt must be punished and those who ordered it judged. Criminals and idiots. I am a Tunisian friend of Egypt, the beautiful, the peaceful, the welcoming, the eternal, that will win. Tahya Misr
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Cheryl Elmy
24-01-2014 08:21pm
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Oh dear - this is so sad. The museum is wonderful and was so beautifully renovated. Bad enough, of course, about people being injured and dying, but on a different level, what a great shame that historic buildings and their contents are now at risk.
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