The Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, in cooperation with the Ministry of Housing, Utilities and Urban Communities, has completed the project of restoring the Sultan Qansuh Abu Said Dome in the eastern Mamluk city.
The Brigadier Engineer, Hisham Samir, Assistant Minister of Tourism and Antiquities for Archaeological Projects and Museums and the supervisor of the Historic Cairo Project, explained that the structural and architectural restoration works of the dome have been completed, which included strengthening the walls and foundations, cleaning and restoring the four facades of the dome, the relocation area of the dome's helmet and its copper crescent, and the installation of stucco windows. With colored glass to overlay the neck of the dome windows and candelabra, which gave the dome and illuminated it from the inside its original character with colors that contributed to displaying its architectural elements in a distinctive way.
A new internal and external lighting system was installed for the dome, in addition to meticulous restoration work, where the mihrab and dome were restored from the inside, and all the chandeliers and writing tapes decorated with them were cleaned and their colors fixed and displayed, taking into account the artistic and archaeological principles followed.
As for the work of coordinating the general site surrounding the dome, the Brigadier Engineer Hisham Samir explained that it included paving and paving the area, placing plant ponds appropriate to the nature of the effect, installing identification panels for the dome, in addition to installing surveillance cameras.
Dr. Osama Talaat, head of the Islamic, Coptic and Jewish Antiquities Sector, stated that the Dome of Sultan Qansuh Abu Said was built in 904 AH / 1498 AD by the Circassian Mamluk Sultan Qansuh Abu Said in the same year he was handed over to the Sultanate to be his burial ground. However, it was recently known as the “Dome of Al-Ghafeer” because it was used as a residence for the area guard, “Al-Ghafir”, and the soils around it were called “Tarb Al-Ghafir”.
It is worth noting that all works were carried out under the supervision of the General Administration of Historic Cairo, the Islamic and Coptic Antiquities Sector at the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities, and the Executive Authority for the Renovation of Fatimid Cairo Neighborhoods at the Ministry of Housing.