Death played a different and important role in the Egyptian civilization, as most of the monuments throughout the history of the Egyptian state are nothing but tombs and tombstones. Valley of the Kings Mass graves of the kings and rulers of Egypt in ancient Egypt and the impact of a witness to the greatness of this era in the history of Egypt, and other places that expressed the sanctity of death and respect for the dead among the Egyptians. We are the ones who taught the world to preserve the dead so that the hand of thieves does not extend to it!
And when the Egyptians preserved the history and evidence of their country for many decades, the day came when the Egyptians themselves demolished a history that spanned about 1400 years. A bridge crosses these historic cemeteries, which represent the cultural and architectural character of Cairo.
Death and history
The cemeteries of historic Cairo extend over large areas, and include several cemeteries, including the tombs of Bab al-Wazir, the tombs of Bab al-Nasr, the tombs of the neighboring ones, and the Mamluk cemetery, in addition to Shafi’i TombsSayyidah Nafisa, and Sayyidah Zeinab, and these tombs are considered a witness to the architectural development of the city of Cairo, where these cemeteries represent an integrated fabric for each layer of the city’s extended history, and this can be realized when you walk in the middle of the place .. Domes rise around you from every side, and it has Islamic motifs and inscriptions were engraved in it, in addition to the phrases that were inscribed on tombstones, which are history in themselves.
A lost cultural history
Amidst fears and an unknown fate to erase Egypt’s artistic, cultural and historical history, the graves of the dead are removed without awareness, mercy or deliberate plans. There are graves of important personalities that influenced human history that have been removed or threatened with complete erasure within the framework of the state’s development of roads and the construction of axes, including the tombs of Yahya Al-Shabihi and Al-Qasim Al-Tayeb, Imam Al-Laith, and Fatima Al-Aina, along with some modern religious figures such as Sheikh Muhammad Rifaat, and some artists such as Youssef Wahbi, Abdel Halim Hafez, Umm Kulthum, Farid Al-Atrash, and Asmahan, along with some political figures and princes, perhaps the most famous of whom is the tomb of Princess Farida The granddaughter of Muhammad Ali Pasha, and of course some literary personalities such as Hafez Ibrahim, Ahmed Shawky, Taha Hussein and others.-
Not the first time
It is not the first time that historical tombs that testify to the culture, history and policies of those who preceded us have been removed, as there are other places such as the soil of Al-Ghafir that were removed for the development and establishment of the Firdaws axis, although these tombs are registered with UNESCO.
Among the most important personalities whose graves were removed in the Al-Ghafir tombs are the tomb of the philosopher Ahmed Lafi Al-Sayyid Raed, one of the pioneers of the Renaissance, the tomb of Nazli Hanim, the granddaughter of Muhammad Ali, and the tomb of the Abboud Pasha family, who is the founder of the Sugar Company and the Egyptian Postal Line and one of the founders of Banque Misr and other companies that made up the economy. The modern Egyptian, and the tomb of Hassan Sabri, Prime Minister of Egypt during the reign of King Farouk, and other tombs bearing the names of personalities who influenced Egyptian culture, politics, and thought.
The demolition of the historic Cairo cemeteries is nothing but the demolition of the history of an important stage in the history of Egypt over the course of 1000 years. It is certain that these removals were carried out without awareness or planning. These removals are a catastrophe and a disgrace in our modern history. .