Egyptians Fight to Save Medieval Mansion Sewage, Air Pollution, Traffic and Red Tape Threaten Antiquities
Ap, St Louis Post-Dispatch (MO)
The sorry state of Egypt's antiquities is evident everywhere, but it is close to scandalous in the older parts of Cairo.
"Every day I pray for a miracle, that no monuments will fall," says architect Salah Lamei, whose work with Islamic antiquities won him the Aga Khan Award for excellence.
Crammed in crowded alleyways and water-soaked thoroughfares, Cairo's monuments include not only the world's greatest Islamic heritage but also some of Christianity's earliest churches and traces of the Jews' long sojourn in Egypt.
Typical of an endangered monument is Bayt al-Sihaymi, a medieval house in one of the most historic areas. Like many of Cairo's more than 500 …
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