Muhammad Ali Mosque in Cairo (Photo: Mai Shaheen)
The Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities has completed the conservation work on the second chandelier inside the famed Muhammad Ali Mosque on Cairo’s Citadel.
Gareeb Sonbol, the head of the Central Administration of Conservation, said that the chandelier, located in the north-eastern corner of the 19th century mosque, was in poor condition and conservation work was carried out.
All of the decoration and accessories on the chandelier were cleaned, and its branches were restored using parts sourced and created similar to the originals.
The ministry started a project to conserve the mosque’s chandeliers earlier this year; this is the second to be completed, out of nine in total. The first one was located at the southern side of the mosque and completed two months ago.
The restoration team will now begin the restoration of the mosque’s main chandelier, which was a gift to Muhammad Ali Pasha from King Louise Philippe I of France.
The mosque, which was built between 1830 and 1848, is also known as the Alabaster Mosque due to its alabaster-covered interiors.
The Turkish architect Youssef Boushnaq designed the mosque in the style of the Sultan Ahmet Mosque in Istanbul.