CAIRO: Minister of Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim said Sunday that the ministry will close Al Muizz Street in Old Cairo to renovate it and to return it to its past state as a tourist land mark.
By mid-March the street will be closed for cars, while pedestrians can go and visit the Fatimid monuments along the street, Ibrahim said in Al-Hayah Al-Youm talk show.
Al Muizz Street is considered the largest open air museum for Islamic monuments in the world.
Renovation works will take 1 month at a cost of 2 million EGP. Ibrahim said that the street would be open after midnight daily to allow bazaar owners to do their work.
During February, the Ministry of Antiquities total receipts edged up to 14 million EGP ($ 2.1 million,) Ibrahim noted.
Originally published in Youm7.