The residents of Al-Agami district, west of the coastal Alexandria governorate in Egypt, were surprised by the local authorities ’demolition of the famous building called“ The Andalusian Manarah ”or“ Fener Al-Ajami ”.
Regarding the destroyed lighthouse, Dr. Mona Ali Ragab, professor of mural painting at the Faculty of Fine Arts at Alexandria University, said in local statements on Saturday that the Fanar Al-Ajami building was built by its professor, Dr. Muhammad Shaker, and it is a three-dimensional work of art, with a surface of about 515 square meters. Mosaic mural works, and stained glass, which is considered a symbol and a distinctive sign of the place, criticizing the demolition of the building, which it considered a symbol of the most important historical events.
For his part, Mr. Moussa, the head of Al-Ajami neighborhood, said in televised statements that the building is neither archaeological nor historical, and the demolition was carried out for service reasons, because the presence of the Fanar Al-Ajami building was an obstacle to the construction of a bridge that would contribute to solving the traffic congestion in the neighborhood, where a bridge is to be constructed. Aloft in this area connects the Cairo-Alexandria Desert Road and the North Coast Road.
However, many of the tweeters criticized the demolition of the building and said that this is another chapter in the demolition of buildings in Egypt without any consideration of its historical and aesthetic importance.
Some have reminded of the recent demolition of many mosques, in addition to the demolition of the area of the ancient al-Ghafir cemeteries, claiming to develop and construct new roads.
The artist Muhammad Shaker had complained about a year ago in a televised interview about the negligence of the local authorities in the governorate of the lighthouse and its lack of maintenance since 2011.
The artist, Muhammad Shaker, founder of the lighthouse this year won the University Appreciation Award, in addition to 27 local and international prizes in painting, photography and arts related to architecture, and 201 certificates of appreciation, medals, shields and necklaces from 1972 until now.
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