Monday, May 27, 2013

Egypt and the sorry way it treats its monuments...

Egypt and the conservation of its antiquities.... Many things go wrong there. One of the latest examples is the destruction - reveiled through Facebook -  of  the medieval Bab al-Wazir  in Islamic Cairo (dating from 1341) which was bulldozed down by some contractor this past week.  Unbelievable! (h/t Zeinobia)
Before ..
 ...and after.

Another example was the inscription that a Chinese student recently left in one of the 3000 year old temples in Luxor: 'Ding Jinhao was here' in Chinese. It seems that there was no publicity about this graffiti in Egypt itself. In China however the media paid attention. It seems that Ding Jinhao's parents apologized.... 
The carving reads "Ding Jinhao was here." 

Two examples, one of the mindlessness with which builders, contractors and investors apparently get permission to tear down objects of invaluable worth (or even do so without permission), the other about lack of supervision over the many tourists that visit the Pharaonic monuments. We could also mention the speed with which 19th century monuments are demolished in neighbourhood like Garden City in Cairo, to make room for more profitable new buildings.

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