Tenth century Tabataba Mausoleum was moved near the National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation, Fustat
After being partly submerged by ground water, the Tabataba Mausoleum was moved from its original location to a safer place near the National Museum of Egyptian Civilisation (NMEC) in Fustat in Cairo, reports Nevine El-Aref.
Built during the 10th century as the burial place of the founder of the Ikhshidid Dynasty, Mohamed bin Tughj Al-Ikhshidi, the mausoleum is one of the few remains of a dynasty that ruled Egypt from 935 to 969 CE.
The mausoleum is of an irregular rectangular shape, as its entrance is located on the north-eastern side and annexed to a square-shaped mosque built in mudbrick covered with a dome. Its eastern side hosts the sanctuary.
It has suffered from a high level of ground water in the surrounding area, as it was originally situated on the banks of the Ain Al-Sira Lake near the NMEC.
To preserve the mausoleum, the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities has now moved it to a safer location neighbouring the NMEC. Restoration work was carried out, and the mausoleum is now safe and sound.
The move started in early 2021 with a budget of LE6 million from the Ministry of Housing, Utilities, and Urban Communities.
* A version of this article appears in print in the 7 April, 2022 edition of Al-Ahram Weekly.