From Islamica Magazine
By Rose Aslan
After centuries of neglect, historic Cairo is receiving a much-needed facelift. Here is an in-depth look at the past, present and future of the city of 1,000 minarets
Take a stroll into Historic Cairo and you will feel as if you have entered into a massive construction project. These days it seems as if nearly every historic monument, including mosques, madrasas and old palaces, are closed due to conservation projects. Workers, in their work-worn clothes and bare feet, can be seen climbing over precarious scaffolding and sitting on piles of stones sipping tea in front of many monuments in the area.
A huge stretch of Mu’ez al-Din Allah Street, the very heart of the old city, is being torn open to replace its sewage pipes. Neither cars nor donkey carts can pass through this street; even a short walk along the road is a challenge for pedestrians. Numerous Islamic monuments line this street, many of them already in the process of being saved and restored by various government projects and foreign missions.