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Cairo's medieval heritage under threat

The Kumi Dome in the Darb El Ahmar area in Old Cairo is one of Cairo’s archaeological treasures. Built in the 10th century in the Circassian Mamluk era, the dome is listed on the official map of the Ministry of Antiquities as antiquity number 256.

Cairo's medieval heritage under threat
The Kumi Dome, one of Cairo’s archaeological treasures, surrounded by garbage [Credit: Daily News Egypt]
For a long time a protective fence ensured that the monument could be admired by anyone passing by yet would be protected from harm.

Recently the fence came down and instead of preserving the past, the area around the dome has turned into a place where garbage is dumped and unwanted possessions are discarded.

Source: Daily News Egypt [November 05, 2012]

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