Cairo restores New Kingdom granite column in Saraya El-Qubba garden

Nevine El-Aref , Thursday 30 Sep 2021

Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, in collaboration with the presidency office, started the restoration project of the granite column of Saraya El-Qubba garden.

Granite column under restoration process
A combined image of Granite column during the process of restoration and the efforts done to restore the Granite column located in Saraya al-Qubba garden, Cairo, Egypt.

The garden is located opposite to the Saraya El-Qubba presidential palace in Cairo. 

The project is part of a scheme to decorate public squares and gardens and restore their elegance. 

Mustafa El-Waziri, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), said the project aims to restore, assemble, and lift up the authentic column.

SCA restorers began cleaning the dirt and calcifications accumulated on the column over time due to erosion. The column will finally be placed in the centre of the garden to show its historical, archaeological, and aesthetic value.

The column was carved from pink granite during the New Kingdom in the shape of a cylinder with a crown of palm leaves that fold outwards. 

The column is approximately eight metres high and the crown stands at about 82 centimetres.

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