Cairo's Museum of Islamic Arts was badly damaged in a Friday morning bomb blast targeting the city's central police headquarters across the street.
Located in Bab Al-Khalq, close to the heart of old Islamic Cairo, the museum suffered such structural damage that antiquities minister Mohamed Ibrahim said that it would have to be completely rebuilt.
Also damaged in the blast were countless artefacts from the museum's prized collection. Founded in 1881, the museum housed some of the most important and priceless Islamic artwork in the world, and had just recently undergone a multi-million dollar renovation.
Government officials responded to museum shortly after the blast and began removing objects. The Ministry of State for Antiquities has since announced a restoration campaign, insisting that all of the damaged objects can be fully restored.
UNESCO has pledged $100,000 for the museum's restoration.