Restoration of Fustat Park underway

Nevine El-Aref , Tuesday 5 Apr 2022

The restoration of Fustat Park is in full swing in one of Egypt’s largest heritage projects this year

Plans are underway to develop the 590 feddans of the Fustat Park as part of an initiative to develop
Plans are underway to develop the 590 feddans of the Fustat Park as part of an initiative to develop Historic Cairo

The scene in the religious compound area in Old Cairo where visitors can find the Amr Ibn Al-Aas Mosque, the Coptic Museum, the Hanging Church that stands atop the Roman Fortress of Babylon, and the Ben Ezra Synagogue is very different from usual.

It is a hive of activity, buzzing with workers running along alleys and working hard to meet deadlines and to complete the restoration of the Fustat Hills Park and turn it into a public park in the heart of the ancient capital of Fustat, the first Islamic capital city in Africa.

Plans are underway to develop the 590 feddans of the Fustat Park as part of an initiative to develop Historic Cairo. On Sunday, Prime Minister Mustafa Madbouli visited the Amr Ibn Al-Aas Mosque to monitor the work in progress.

The project comes as part of an initiative to develop the area and to return the park area of around 2.5 square km in the heart of the ancient capital to its former glory and make it into a central public park and tourist destination with integrated services overlooking many historic and archaeological sites and monuments.

This will make the park a regional and international tourist destination providing amusement activities and traditional industries as well as reviving the area’s heritage sites and showcasing its various historical sites.

The courtyard area of the Amr Ibn Al-Aas Mosque is planned to be the main entrance to the new park and the other religious sites in the area, including the Coptic Churches and the ancient Jewish Synagogue.

Osama Talaat, head of the Islamic, Coptic, and Jewish Antiquities Department at the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), explained that the development plans also include the restoration of the Amr Ibn Al-Aas Mosque and the upgrading of the area in front of the mosque in order to make it the main entrance to the religious compound.

He explained that the park will be a botanical one with more greenery, new wooden terraces, a pedestrian sidewalk, parking areas, and a fountain. The project will also see the development of the existing Fustat Market.