Egypt reopens newly restored historic mosque

People gather outside Al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah Mosque after its restoration, at a popular tourist area on the historical El Moez Ledin Allah El Fatmy Street in the Islamic district of Cairo, Egypt February 27, 2023. REUTERS/Amr Abdallah Dalsh

CAIRO (Reuters) - Egypt's historic mosque of al-Hakim bi-Amr Allah, named after the sixth Fatimid caliph and located in old Cairo, was reopened for visitors on Monday, Feb. 27 after renovations.

The renovation project for Egypt's fourth oldest mosque and its second largest began in 2017 with a budget of 85 million Egyptian pounds ($2.8 million).

The renovation, done in collaboration between Egypt’s antiquities authority and Bohra Shia sect, included architectural restoration as well as maintenance to protect the walls of the mosque from the effects of moisture and salts.

(Reporting by Amr Abdallah Dalsh, Writing by Farah Saafan, Editing by Ed Osmond)

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