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HANDS ON Traditional Crafts at The City of the Dead in Cairo

This web site has been created as part of a project carried out in 2014 in a section of Sultan Qaitbey’s complex  within the “City of the Dead” in Cairo – a mediaeval building created as a charity to distribute drinking water to animals. The project was affiliated to the German Archaeological Institute, and combined conservation of architectural heritage with promoting traditional crafts in the area.


The work was financed by the European Union Delegation to Egypt within its Egypt-Europe Cultural Cooperation programme. The conservation component was supervised by the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities and Heritage.


A summer school affiliated to the Institute for Field Research was carried out in conjunction with the project in July-August 2014 with foreign students and Egyptian volunteers.


The project is carried out by the Cairo-based architectural practice ARCHiNOS Architecture and draws on ARCHiNOS long experience in architectural conservation, design in historic settings, and public presentation of cultural heritage.



Website designed in 2014 by Maha Akl for ARCHiNOS Architecture; technical support: Hesham Akl.

Text: Agnieszka Dobrowolska and Jaroslaw Dobrowolski; special thanks to Michael Jones and Jason Thompson.

Video: Taher ‘Abd al-Ghani.

Photographs: Agnieszka Dobrowolska, Jaroslaw Dobrowolski, Maha Akl, Taher ‘Abd al-Ghani, George Fakhry, Mahmoud Badawi.

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 European Union
the German Archaeological Institute in Cairo
the Ministry of Antiquities and Heritage
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