Today, Tuesday, international newspapers focused on shedding light on a range of important events and news in Egypt, including the restoration of an arms and gunpowder factory during the rule of Muhammad Ali Pasha. Al-Dustour monitors the most prominent statements in international newspapers about Egypt in the following lines:
Al-Monitor praises Egypt’s efforts to restore Mohamed Ali’s cemetery
In a report published Tuesday morning, the American website Al-Monitor praised Egypt’s efforts to restore the weapons and gunpowder factory, which dates back to the era of Muhammad Ali Pasha. The restoration came as part of a broader development project of the historic area. to promote tourism.
The site said that on April 24, the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities announced the start of restoration work on the gunpowder factory known as “Al-Jabkhana”, which consists of a warehouse and a weapons and ammunition factory dating back to the era of Muhammad. Ali Pasha, in Establ Antar, Cairo.
Al-Monitor noted that the project came as part of a broader plan by the Egyptian government to develop Cairo’s old historic neighborhoods.
The website noted a cabinet statement in October 2021 stating that the plan is to revitalize Old Cairo by removing random buildings and replacing them with housing units. The plan also includes the construction of several shopping and cultural centers in the area.
The country showed that the Secretary General of the High Council of Antiquities, Dr. Mustafa Waziri, on April 24, inspected many Islamic monuments in Cairo, including the Jabkhana area, to follow up on restoration work in the area.
The report stressed that the cemetery restoration project includes the removal of accumulated impurities as a result of erosion and weather factors, the return of stones to their original state, as well as waste removal works, careful architectural restoration and completion of the cornice and doors of wood. in the report cited by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities.
The report noted that the gunpowder factory is considered one of the few monuments in the world of its kind and was the second built by Muhammad Ali Pasha, who ruled Egypt from 1805 to 1848, after the first weapons depot located in the fort. . of Salah al-Din, which was the seat of rule of Muhammad Ali Pasha.
He explained that the reason for founding this jabkhana was that the first warehouse inside the castle caught fire twice, which prompted Muhammad Ali Pasha to set up another warehouse in the desert, away from the castle, to prevent a third accident, and he defended warehouses with four high walls.
The report said that Muhammad Ali Pasha worked hard to set up the warehouse away from the population centers at the time and did not imagine that the place he chose as the warehouse for the weapons of his soldiers would be turned into a landfill centuries later.
In this context, Abdel Rahim Rihan, an archaeologist and director general of archaeological research and studies at the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities in South Sinai, said: “The restoration of the gabkhana serves several purposes, first: its protection and preservation “as a hindrance due to atmospheric conditions and secondly, its integration into the tourist map as a memorial.”
Rayhan told Al-Monitor, “The third purpose of the restoration is to focus scientific and media attention on the significance of the monument and to allow scholars and specialists to study it historically, archaeologically, architecturally and artistically.”
Rayhan explained that the restoration of Islamic antiquities, including Jabkhana, paves the way for investments in those archaeological sites, which brings great benefits to antiquities and contributes to their development, in addition to reviving and developing historical tourism in the diverse Islamic region.
Rayhan noted that the armor was created in 1829 as a repository for sulfur and gunpowder ammunition, following repeated fires in the original warehouse at Cairo Castle in 1819 and then in 1823.
Rehan pointed out that the warehouse is surrounded by an external fence, with several rooms outside the building, connected to each other by an underground corridor.
“The wall is 180 meters high and 115 meters high, surrounded by a wide courtyard with cooled water wells to lower the country temperature,” Rayhan said, adding that windows and rooms are also designed to prevent the passage of the heat of the sun. with enough light to avoid ignition of stored gunpowder.
Mohamed Abdel Latif, the former assistant minister of tourism and antiquities, who previously headed the Department of Islamic Antiquities in the ministry, also stressed the importance of preserving gunpowder, which was a factory and ammunition store during the era of Mohamed Ali Pasha, who wanted to build a strong Egyptian army, and also founded the first military school in Egypt, which today is the Egyptian Military Academy.
And Abdul Latif added in his statements to the American website: “The ammunition and weapons store was built away from the Cairo fortress, which was the seat of government during the era of Muhammad Ali Pasha, due to the frequent fires that broke out in the original warehouses. which could have killed prominent personalities at the time and could have given the citizens an idea that governance is not right inside the castle. ”
Commenting on whether the renovation of the warehouse will contribute to attracting more tourists, Abdel Latif said: “It is very important to restore and develop the areas of religious monuments, be they Islamic, Coptic or Jewish, but the restoration of the building alone is not enough , as a landscaping process must be done for the surrounding area. “It’s a whole working class area, with some slums here and there that need redevelopment.”
Abdel Latif stressed that the development of areas around archeological sites is one of the most important tourist attractions, in addition to the need for good marketing and promotion of archaeological sites, because we lack this. He continued: “Therefore, we do not make full use of the cultural heritage of Egypt.”
Henley Standard highlights Tutankhamun’s exhibition in Oxford
In connection with the 100th anniversary of the discovery of his tomb, the British newspaper “Henley Standard” unveiled a new exhibit at the Bodleian Library in Oxford that traces the events that helped uncover Tutankhamun’s tomb and the secret of the existing curse and the madness that accompanied it.
On a spring day more than 3,000 years ago, the 19-year-old king of Egypt Tutankhamun was buried in Luxor in the southern part of his kingdom.
The tomb was attacked by robbers shortly thereafter, but it remained largely intact and was completely lost in history until 1922.
And the newspaper stressed in its report, that the news of the discovery of Tutankhamun’s grave by a British group led by Howard Carter was like a bomb.
She noted that the surprise of the discovery, the magnificent perfection of the funerary objects, and the supposed “curse” helped fuel the madness known as Tutmania, to create a new exhibit at the Bodleian Library in Oxford, drawn from a multitude materials in Griffith. The institute, the Oxford Center for Egyptology, marks the centenary of the most famous and fascinating archaeological discovery ever made by Carter and his patron, Earl of Carnarvon.
The report noted that the exhibition includes maps, notes, letters, drawings and photographs showing the discovery and recording of more than 5,000 pieces from the four rooms that make up the burial site and that the state of their preservation was exceptional. Tutankhamun’s face mask was a wreath of cornflowers and olive leaves that survived more than Three thousand years in the dry air underground.
Likewise, a “pile of large, curious white ovals” was found containing flesh dividers while a linen scarf still wrapped around the neck of a jackal statue of the god Anubis, and Tutmania swept the world, aided by Carter’s propensity for propaganda. evil and excitement associated with the idea that the grave or at least that he opened would be cursed.
The newspaper continued, “It is true that Lord Carnavon died a few months later, but from sepsis caused by the bite of an infected mosquito and not because he bothered the dead. The opening of the tomb coincided with the beginning of Egypt’s independence and the dead king became a proud symbol of a vibrant new nation. “
In the past, some of the objects found would have become “property” of the Carter team, but the new rules – and a sense of fair play – mean everything has been preserved from the tomb in Cairo, where it is still on display. .
This fascinating exhibition, curated by Professor Richard Bruce Parkinson and Dr. Daniela Rosino, focuses on late and often anonymous Egyptian participants in the discovery.
Prominently placed are images of an Egyptian boy, probably in the Tutankhamun era, wearing a necklace decorated with a tombstone.
Although his name is famous all over the world, Tutankhamun remains a mystery. No one knows the cause of his death, though it seems to have been premature and unexpected.
There are indications that his burial was done in a hurry, and one of the most humane and revealing is that the gilded legs of the coffin had to be broken because they were too large to fit inside the lid of the coffin that surrounded him.
Howard Carter’s diary opens on the day of the discovery and a line raises “The first steps to finding the grave.”
The Nigerian newspaper highlights the initiative to launch new flights
The Nigerian newspaper, The New Telegraph, highlighted the development of EgyptAir’s capabilities to become one of Nigeria’s favorite airlines, as flights increased to two flights a day on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays.
The daily says that Egypt and Nigeria have a strong diplomatic relationship and the increase in new flights to and from both countries will allow the two countries to deepen relations.
Muharram Abdel Rahman, director of EgyptAir in Nigeria, revealed the rise of EgyptAir to become one of Nigeria’s favorite airlines, demanding more frequencies and flight operations in Nigeria.
In his interview with a Nigerian newspaper, Abdul Rahman said: We submitted our request to the Ministry of Aviation that we should increase our flights to 10 out of ten frequencies and we will fly twice a day on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays, but our request is subject to the approval of the Ministry of Aviation.
Abdul Rahman expressed his hope to get the approval by next week, at the latest.
Abdel Rahman stressed that Egypt and Nigeria enjoy a strong diplomatic relationship, stressing that these new frequencies will allow both countries to deepen this relationship, adding, “Now that we are flying from three points from Lagos, Kano and Abuja, we have to add Port Harcourt and Sokoto. “
He stressed that Egypt and Nigeria consider Egypt in some cases the center of Africa with a high population of about 120 million inhabitants and Nigeria is considered the center of the sub-Saharan region with a population of more than 200 million inhabitants and is very common among these two countries.
He added that EgyptAir is the bridge between the two countries to serve Nigerians. We conduct our operations with more demand and another advantage that EgyptAir enjoys is Egypt’s location in the middle of the world.
He pointed out that Nigerians have to travel with EgyptAir if you bring a wide-body plane, you will not find the places available because many people want to travel through EgyptAir to Lagos or Abuja market, once we grow up, you know that we have the market for our flights from Lagos full, This is why we need more frequencies to accommodate more passengers.