Revival of the Mosque of Moqqabil
The conservation of Moqqabil mosque, situated in the oasis of Siwa, Egypt, was carried out between January 2017 and June 2018. The project was co-funded by the British Council – Cultural Protection Fund (BC-CPF), and Environmental Quality International (EQI), under the supervision of the Egyptian Ministry of Antiquities.
The project to restore the Moqqabil mosque, which had partly collapsed during an earthquake in the 1990s. The aim was not only to restore the Moqqabil edifice, but also prevent the dwindling traditional art of kershef building from disappearing altogether.
The Moqqabil mosque, was selected because it is a monument of architectural and historic significance.
The EQI team consulted with the Siwa elders and MA representatives to gather information about the structure prior to its degradation in the 1990s, since only roughly 50% of the mosque still stood; the minaret had toppled over completely.
• Local materials prevailed in the restoration works. All originate from locally harvested sources: the rock-salt used in kershef is naturally renewed in Siwa Lake, while the wooden beams and parts used for doors, windows, and stairs, were cut from Siwan palm and olive groves.
Upon the clearing up the remains of the broken walls the footprint of a long lost room in the mosque was realised that was used to keep the lanterns in, it has since been rebuilt and restored using Kershef.
This immersive experience takes you from the top of the minaret to the roof, courtyard and inside the main prayer hall.
Credits: EQI LSN, EQI