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UNESCO and the Urban Rehabilitation of Al-Muizz Street

Samir Gharib, Chairman of the National Organization for Urban Harmony has prepared a paper work about Al-Muizz Street to be presented in the UNESCO's meetings to which he had been invited. The paper was entitled "The Urban Rehabilitation of Al-Muizz Street "and included the history and development of the concept of Urban Rehabilitation, which means integrating conservation into the lives of the general public and into planning and development schemes.
The study has showed that Al-Muizz Street is commonly considered to consist of two sections, with the dividing line being Al-Azhar Street. The northern part extends from Al-Hakem Mosque in the north to the Spice Market at Al-Azhar Street and includes the antiques markets (Khan el-Khalily), Al-Aqmar Mosque (one of the few extant Fatimid mosques), Qalawun complex, and several well preserved medieval houses and palaces.
Al-Muizz Street is one of the oldest streets in Medieval Cairo and approximately one kilometer long. The street is named after the fourth Caliph of the Fatimid dynasty. It stretches from Bab Al-Futuh in the north to Bab Zuweila in the south.
Starting from 1997, the ministry of culture carried out the first phase of extensive restoration and conservation to the historical buildings, modern buildings, paving, and infrastructure to turn the street into an "open air museum" and was rededicated as a pedestrian only zone.
The study also included some recommended actions, the most important of which are: recommending programs for maintenance and preventive conservation, improving the concept of Urban Rehabilitation and conducting public awareness with the street's importance, to the extent that it was added to the UNESCO's World Heritage List.







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