The Jewish architect who saved Cairo’s Islamic buildings
The secret history of the Jewish man who labored to save the cultural heritage of Cairo.
By GUNDULA MADELEINE TEGTMEYER
April 27, 2018 12:28
The façade of Al-Aqmar Mosque, built in 1125, after renovation by Herz.
(photo credit: GUNDULA MADELEINE TEGTMEYER)
Cairo IS a treasure house of Islamic architecture.Egypt’s capital contains the greatest, most concentrated and varied collection of mosques and monuments in the Islamic world. In the late 19th century, many were doomed, but thanks to the dedicated commitment and creative effort of a Jewish man named Max Herz Pasha, a gifted architect and conservator, many significant Islamic architectural gems were renovated and preserved.
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