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Egypt launches renovation of rare weapon cache dating back to Muhammad Ali Pasha era

The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities announced the restoration of a historic warehouse of weapons dating back to the era of Muhammad Ali Pasha in Old Cairo, as part of a wider project to develop the historic area to promote tourism.
The Cairo Citadel is seen with in the foreground the 14th-century Sayyida Aisha Mosque and shrine and in the background the new National Museum of Egyptian Civilization, Cairo, Egypt, May 26, 2021.

CAIRO — The Egyptian Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities announced April 24 the start of the restoration of the Gunpowder Factory, known as the Gabkhana, which consists of a warehouse and factory of weapons and ammunition dating back to the era of Muhammad Ali Pasha, in the Istabl Antar area in the capital Cairo.

The restoration project of the Gabkhana comes after years of neglect of the site, which saw the proliferation of garbage and stray dogs, while random buildings have been constructed around the historical site. 

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