Egypt – Completion of the restoration work of Ruqayyat Dodu, the archaeological Sabil in Cairo
Within the framework of the project launched by the Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities to restore and save 100 archaeological buildings in Historic Cairo, the restoration and development works of Ruqayyah Dodo were completed on Souk El-Salah Street.
The restoration work was carried out in cooperation with the inspection of the antiquities of “Al-Darb Al-Ahmar” and “Al-Sayeda Aisha”, and under the supervision of the General Administration of the Historic Cairo Development Project.
Brigadier General Hisham Samir, Assistant Minister of Tourism and Antiquities for Antiquities and Museums Projects and Supervisor of the Historic Cairo Project, explained that the restoration work was carried out according to the artistic and archaeological assets of the old maps and documents of the Sabil, as it included architectural documentation works, and the careful restoration of the Sabil façade, which is considered one of the most beautiful Ottoman façades in Cairo.
Hisham Samir added that the internal restoration work of the sabil included the restoration of the marble floor of the basil room, the restoration and insulation of the ornate wooden ceiling of the room, the wooden windows and booklets in the book room, and the rehabilitation of the back area of the sabil.
Mahmoud Abdel Basit, Director General of the Historic Cairo Development Project, pointed out that during the restoration work, the archaeological level and the stone stairway of the main entrance block were revealed, as well as the development of the electricity network and a new integrated lighting system from home and abroad.
It is worth noting that the project of saving one hundred archaeological buildings aims to restore and raise the efficiency of archaeological buildings and restore them to be on the path of the archaeological and tourist visit.
The Sabil Ruqyah Dudu was established by Badawiya bint Shaheen in the spirit of her late daughter Ruqayya Dudo in 1174 AH, as indicated by many inscriptions received on the front of the Sabil, and she is the granddaughter of Radwan Katkhda al-Julfi, one of the senior princes of the Mamluks at that time, and his relatives were not allowed to write his name on this Established due to his defeat before his Mamluk opponents and his killing. The sabil follows in its layout the Ottoman sibil with an arched façade, which consists of a rectangular room in three sides, and the fourth side takes the curved form in which the windows of the sabil are opened, and above it the book.