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’14th-century Maridani mosque in Egypt revealed after renovation’

Egypt’s Supreme Council of Antiquities celebrated the completion of extensive renovations on the historic 14th-century Mosque of Altunbugha al-Maridani in Cairo. The mosque, built by Al-Maridani in 1338-40 A.D., boasts ornate inscriptions, fine marble, and salvaged columns from older structures.

The first phase of renovations, completed in 2021, focused on the exterior and minaret, while the second 18-month phase concentrated on the interior. Funding from the European Union and the Aga Khan Foundation supported the restoration project.

The ceremony, attended by Egyptian, EU, and foundation officials, marked the official completion of the renovation efforts. This event was the first under the leadership of the new director of the Supreme Council of Antiquities, Mohamed Ismail Khaled. The mosque, dating back to the Mamluk Sultanate of Cairo, is a significant historical and architectural landmark in the city.

With the completion of this restoration project, the Mosque of Amir al-Maridani stands as a testament to Egypt’s rich cultural heritage and serves as a symbol of the country’s commitment to preserving its historical treasures.