Egypt wants Pharaoh Island in Taba registered on World Heritage List

Nevine El-Aref , Wednesday 5 Oct 2016

Egypt has submitted a preliminary report to register Pharaoh's Island near Taba on the UNESCO's World Heritage List

The fortress on the Pharaoh Island

The Ministry of Antiquities submitted Wednesday a preliminary report to the World Heritage Committee (WHC) to register Pharaoh's Island near in Taba in Sinai on the UNESCO's World Heritage List. A final report is scheduled to be submitted in February 2017.

salaheddpm fortress from inside

Yassmin Al-Shazly, supervisor of the ministry's department for international cultural heritage organisations, said Pharaoh's Island is a very important archaeological site with universal cultural value.

Pharaoh's Island includes of a fortress built by the Ayyubid Prince Salaheddin to protect the Islamic Empire from the Crusades.

El-Shazly explained that her department is working hard on the preparation of files to be submitted to the WHC in order to list other Egyptian sites, like Alexandria's Kom El-Dekka, Roman Theatre, the Pompey Pillar, and underwater antiquities, as well as Ptolemaic temples of Dendera, Kom-Ombo and Edfu, on the WHC's list.

The roof of Salaheddin fortress in Taba

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