Newly announced cemetery for historical figures to replace Salah Salem tombs

Ahram Online , Saturday 24 Jun 2023

The new tombs, ordered by President Abdel-Fattah El-Sisi to be built for historic figures, will serve as a much-needed substitute for those of Cairo's Salah Salem, said Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly on Saturday.

Egyptian Prime Minister Mostafa Madbouly. Photo courtesy of The Egyptian Cabinet Facebook page.


In a press conference following an inspection tour, Madbouly explained that the space currently occupied by old tombs will be made into gardens, parks, roads and a variety of services, with no significant construction there.

"This area should not be left without solutions," the prime minister said, pointing out that the low-lying elevation of the area causes water to accumulate, posing engineering challenges.

As per the president's directives, it is necessary to move cemeteries that have become unsuitable for their purpose to other places, and to start developing this area in a way that serves to add "green lungs" to Cairo, Madbouly elaborated.

On 12 June, El-Sisi ordered the creation of a new cemetery in a distinguished location as a home for the remains of iconic Egyptians whose current graves must be moved due to urgent development needs. The new site will be named the "Garden for the Immortals."

The president further mandated the establishment of a museum in the new location, which would preserve the art and archaeological artefacts of the existing tombs of these esteemed figures.

In recent months, the government has revealed plans to move a number of cemeteries, including the graves of some high-profile historic figures, from different parts of the capital to a new burial location in the interest of national development.

The move has raised controversy over the past few months, with some requesting restorations for derelict cemeteries, especially the tombs of public figures that date back many centuries ago and represent Egypt's heritage.

During the presser, Madbouly emphasized that El-Sisi's directives aim to honour these iconic figures who have served the country, and that the new cemetery will provide a gathering place for their varied legacies.

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