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Project: RESTORATION OF THE UMM AS-SULTAN SHAABAN MOSQUE
Place / year: Darb el-Ahmar, Cairo, Egypt / 2003-2004
Organisation: Aga-Khan Trust for Culture
Function: Architect

View of the Cairo Skyline with the reconstructed minaret

View of the mosque and minaret before restoration works


View of the mosque and minaret before and after restoration works

Stone carving for the minaret's reconstruction


Stone carving for the minaret's reconstruction

Stone carving for the minaret's reconstruction


Minaret's reconstruction

View of the mosque's main facade before and after restoration works


Dust and crust on the vault of the madrasa's room

Stone and wall cleaning


Stone and wall cleaning

Stone and wall cleaning


Consolidation of brooken elements

Restoration of metal grids


Restoration of wooden elements

Team of restorators and architects



The restoration of the mosque and madrasa of Umm as-Sultan Shaban (XIV cent. a. C.) was part of the Aga-Khan Trust for Culture's Conservation and Revitalisation project of Darb al-Ahmar in Cairo.
The restiration works concerned the consolidation and reconstruction of the stone minaret; the implementation of structural measures to reinforced the walls of the façade; the cleaning of the walls and surafces; the restoration of fine wooden, metal and stone elements.

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