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Finally after five years of stopping, the project is back on track. May 10th, 2018, Al-ahram released this article


"After a five-year hiatus, the second phase of the restoration project for the Al-Zaher Baybars Mosque in Cairo is to resume soon after approval from the Permanent Committee of Islamic Antiquities.

According to Mostafa Amin, secretary-general of the Supreme Council of Antiquities (SCA), the mosque restoration started in 2007, but was stopped in 2010 when the SCA’s archaeological committee supervising the work realised that the contractor in charge was using red bricks that did not match the mosque’s original bricks.

“The committee had agreed to use adobe bricks in the restoration work that were similar to those of the mosque,” Amin told the Weekly. He said that the restoration, funded by the government of Kazakhstan to the tune of LE88 million, would continue soon. Up to now, LE31 million has been made available for the first and second stages of the second phase of the work.

According to the original plan, the restoration work would be carried out in three phases to return the mosque to its original glory.

The first phase, completed in 2008, consolidated the mosque’s foundations, putting an end to the leakage of subterranean water into the foundations by installing a new drainage system. The faulty electricity system was also replaced.

The second phase is to start soon and includes restoration of the minaret, the dome and the columns.

“The second phase of the project will be more holistic in scope,” said Minister of Antiquities Mamdouh Eldamaty. The floor of the open courtyard will be paved with tiles similar to those used in the original design, while the four halls around the open court will be covered in a manner consistent with the mosque’s architectural style to protect the edifice from rain. A new lighting system will be also installed.

The third and final phase will include the restoration of the decorative features inside and outside the mosque building."


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Link for 360 view image of the restoration.
 

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seems going pretty well and fast... see images before and after below

https://www.thejakartapost.com/life/2018/10/18/egypt-resumes-restoration-of-historic-al-zahir-baybars-mosque.html

Egypt has resumed the restoration of Cairo’s monumental 13th century al-Zahir Baybars mosque, a sign that vital cultural work is finally getting back under way after seven years of political turmoil.

Workers removed dried weeds from inside the mosque and restored fittings. The mosque was built by the Mamluk Sultan al-Zahir Baybars bin Abdullah Al-Bindakari between 1266 and 1268.

Work to restore the mosque began in 2007, but stopped in 2011, the year protesters took to the streets and toppled autocrat Hosni Mubarak.

Egypt has struggled to fund restoration projects since then, as years of street unrest, political upheaval and militant attacks drove away tourists and foreign investors.

 
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