Restoration work begins on Alexandria's Angi Hanem Mosque

Nevine El-Aref , Sunday 30 Jul 2017

Engineers and archaeologists are fixing structures damaged by rainwater that entered through a leaky roof

Restoration work on the roof

The historic Angi Hanem Mosque in Alexandria is undergoing major restoration work to repair damage caused by rainwater passing through the roof and walls, according to the Ministry of Antiquities.

The 19th-century mosque in the Mohamram Bek area of Alexandria is closed to worshippers until the work is finished, with the ministries of antiquities and endowments cooperating on the project.

Mohamed Metwalli, head of antiquities for Alexandria and the North Coast, told Ahram Online that the mosque is in a very bad condition due to rainwater leaking through the roof and walls.

Scaffolding has been erected, with archaeologists and engineers from the antiquities ministry working to fix leaks and restore damaged structures.

Metwali explained that restoration work on the minaret was already complete, while damaged wooden beams in the ceiling would be replaced and cracks on the walls repaired.

The mosque's roof, which had been leaking, would also be waterproofed in order to keep the rain out.

The Angi Hanem Mosque was built during the late 19th century and includes fine examples of Ottoman architecture. It was named after Angi Hanem, the wife of Mohamed Saeed Pasha, ruler of Egypt.

In 2008, the mosque was put on Egypt's list of Islamic and Coptic monuments due to its age and architectural features.

It includes a rectangular middle hall with four arcades that run in parallel with the sanctuary wall. It also has a pulpit and a prayer hall for women, with a door leading to the mosque's wooden minaret.

The minaret before restoration

The minaret after restoration

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