CAIRO: The Ministry of Antiquities and Beheira governorate plan to turn Rasheed City into an international archaeological center, Beheira Governor Mostafa Hadhoud said Tuesday.
Hadhoud said that ministry and the governorate are scheduled to sign a protocol in April, which “will include all the requirements needed to make it an archaeological city.”
Minister of Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim and Hadhoud discussed Tuesday the requirements for the renovation of Zaghloul Mosque, which will be financed by the Ministry of Religious Endowment.
Zaghloul Mosque is one of the largest mosques in Rasheed City, the main hall of the mosque is 90 feet high, 48 feet wide and includes 244 granite columns. It was built by Zaghloul Haroun in the 16th century.
Hadhoud said the meeting further discussed ways to achieve a breakthrough in tourism including turning Rasheed’s archeological buildings into tourist attractions.
Tourism in Egypt suffered severly due to the political unrest since the January 25 Revolution and in particular since the ouster of Mohamed Morsi on July 3, 2013.
The governor stressed the importance of maintaining archaeological buildings in Rasheed City, dating back to the Islamic and Christian periods, saying “we will try to stick to the plan strictly.”
The ministry agreed to fund exploratory activities at all archaeological sites in the governorate, Hadhouh said. Areas without archaeological traces can be used by the governorate for various development projects.
In addition the ministry is planning to rehabilitate the Rasheed National Museum.
Rasheed is a port city in the Nile Delta, located 65 km east of Alexandria. The western name for the city is Rosetta, given by the French during Napoleon Bonaparte’s campaign in Egypt in the late 18th century. Rasheed is the place where the Rosetta Stone was found, a valuable discovery for the decoding hieroglyphs.