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Egypt to submit 4 sites for UNESCO Heritage List

The Ministry of Antiquities is preparing the required files to have four archaeological sites in Alexandria and Sinai added to UNESCO’s World Heritage List.

Egypt to submit 4 sites for UNESCO Heritage List
Pompey's Pillar, Alexandria [Credit: Ministry of Antiquities]
The sites, said Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh Eldamaty, are the Old City of Alexandria, the Ptolemaic Temples in Alexandria, and Al-Gundi and Salaheddin fortresses on Pharaoh Island in Sinai.

“Placing these archaeological sites on UNESCO’s World Heritage List is a very important step based on the ministry’s keenness on registering the largest number of Egypt’s archaeological sites possible on the list in order to secure the level of maximum protection which matches their importance and uniqueness,” Eldamaty told Ahram Online

Egypt to submit 4 sites for UNESCO Heritage List
Catacombs of Kom Elshoqafa [Credit: Ministry of Antiquities]
He explained that the sites that would be registered for the Old City of Alexandria include Kom Al-Shuafa, Kom Al-Dikka, the Pompey Pillar and the underwater antiquities in both the eastern harbour and Abuqir.

Egypt to submit 4 sites for UNESCO Heritage List
Kom Al-Dikka, Amphetheatre [Credit: Ministry of Antiquities]
A collection of Islamic monuments, among them the cistern of Ibn Al-Nabih and the old Alexandria towers, would also be on the documentation list.

Egypt to submit 4 sites for UNESCO Heritage List
Pharaoh Island in Sinai [Credit: Ahram]
Ahmed Ebeid, co-ordinator for international organisations in the ministry, told Ahram Online that the ministry’s permanent committee is to meet soon in order to discuss and review the documentation files of the sites before sending them to UNESCO.

He added that the ministry is now organising a number of workshops to train archaeologists and curators on preparing documentation files for other archaeological sites.

Author: Nevine El-Aref | Source: Ahram Online [March 04, 2016]

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