Conservation of the Mausoleum of Amir Mankalibugha

The purpose of the architectural conservation project in the mid-14th century mausoleum of Amir Mankalibugha next to the Sultan Qaitbey’s complex in the Eastern Cemetery in Cairo was to ensure the long-term preservation of the highly unusual monument that was in danger of imminent collapse. Project Director: Agnieszka Dobrowolska

The direct focus of the project was the mausoleum of Amir Mankalibugha al-Fakhri, who died in 1352. The building’s historical value lies primarily in its uniqueness among the mediaeval mausolea of Cairo, as its arrangement is much different from the typical domed tombs. Instead, it is a liwan (a hall with no front wall opening onto a courtyard) covered with a pointed barrel vault, flanked by two lower perpendicular liwans. Its simple decoration is interesting in carrying its forms over from the architecture of the earlier periods. The purpose of this architectural conservation project was to prevent the mausoleum’s imminent collapse. This was done through physical interventions to stabilise, consolidate, conserve and protect the structure, and by integrating the ruin into a wider area that was being rehabilitated with the purpose of making it useful for the local community and in this way ensure continued care and maintenance. The project was carried out by a team from ARCHiNOS Architecture architectural practice that has been working in the area for the past few years with an objective to re-integrate the rich heritage of the low-income neighbourhood into the life of its community.

Project Details

Location: Cairo, Egypt, Northern Africa, Africa Organiser(s): ARCHiNOS Architecture Funder(s): American Research Center in Egypt-Antiquities Endowment Fund Funding received: $98,100 Commencement Date: 07/2018 Project Status: Completed
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