Tombs of the Royal Family of Muhammad Ali Pasha (Hosh Al-Basha in the Southern Cemetery of Cairo) - CC via Wikimedia Commons/Michel Benoist.
CAIRO – 11 May 2018: The Ministry of Antiquities began the process of launching studies and research works for the restoration of Hosh al-Basha (Courtyard of the Pasha) next to El Imam El Shafei Mosque and Mausoleum in Cairo.
Mohamed Abdel Aziz, general supervisor of the historic revival project, explained that the studies of the project include elevating the general site of Hosh al-Basha and the surrounding areas, in addition to studying and analyzing Hosh al-Basha for any needed reconstruction or renovation.
Abdel Aziz pointed out that restoration work is also aimed at preparing the necessary studies to modernize the electricity and illuminate the antiques, as well as developing a complete surveillance system with cameras and fire alarms.
Hosh al-Basha comprises several tombs of Egypt’s kings and sultans from the Muhammad Ali dynasty, including members of Muhammad Ali’s family, such as his son Ibrahim Pasha, Abbas Helmi l, Mohamed Said Pasha, Prince Umar Ṭūsūn, Mohamed Ali Tewfik and King Farouk, whose tomb was relocated from El Imam El Shafei Mosque and Mausoleum.
Hosh al-Basha was constructed in 1816 by Muhammed Ali; however, he was not buried there, as he was buried at his famous mosque in Saladin Citadel.