Bibliotheca Alexandrina restores 100 Byzantine-era manuscripts
Manuscripts Center at Bibliotheca Alexandrina. Youm7 archive.
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CAIRO: A total 100 manuscripts from the collection of the Alexandria-based Saint Mark’s Coptic Orthodox Cathedral are set to be restored and digitally documented at the Bibliotheca Alexandrina, Youm7 reported.

Dating back to Egypt’s Byzantine era (395-642,) the collection will be restored by a team of specialists in the Manuscripts Center, Director of the Manuscript Museum at Bibliotheca Alexandrina Mohamed Soliman told Youm7 Thursday.

He added that the center has signed a memorandum of understanding with the cathedral to restore the rare manuscripts at an estimated cost of 1.3 million EGP ($145,000.)

The Manuscripts Center contains a diverse collection of original manuscripts, most important of which is the Alexandria Municipal Library manuscripts, in addition to the donated collections: Sheikh al-Hosary’s manuscripts, the manuscripts of the Holy Quran Memorization Society in Damanhur, the Malta Library illustrated manuscripts, and several manuscripts donated by individuals, said Soliman.

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