Takiyyat Ibrahim al-Gulshani, a mausoleum at the centre of a courtyard, lies in various states of ruin, a victim of neglect, earthquakes and looting. The project is to position the site as a case study to enhance the capabilities of local heritage professionals to care for the heritage of Cairo.
|The Takiyyat Ibrahim al-Gulshani Sufi complex lies in various states of abandonment and ruin, a victim of neglect, earthquakes, looting and changing religious, administrative structures. The complex, a mausoleum on a raised platform at the centre of a courtyard surrounded by several inward-facing supporting buildings, is a distinct feature and notable for its departure from layouts typical of the period. The core reason for its establishment remains, as the mausoleum centerpiece is an excellent example of late Mamluk architecture. Complicating its survival is its deteriorating condition, absence of documentation, and limitations on its adaptive reuse. The real significance of the proposed project is the opportunity to position the site as a case study to enhance the capabilities of local heritage professionals to care for the rich heritage in Historic Cairo. Ultimately, undertaking a project at Takiyyat al-Gulshani has the goal to improve the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities’ capabilities to preserve historic sites and plan for their use, monitoring, and maintenance. WMF believes the TAGU project provides a compelling portal for using the site as a positive demonstration that a modest investment at a site ca catalyse larger visions for community-based conservation programmes.|