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Historic Islamic Art Museum “Completely Destroyed”

Entrance of the Islamic Art Museum in Cairo, damaged by a large explosion

Entrance of the Islamic Art Museum in Cairo, damaged by a large explosion

Egypt’s Minister of Antiquities has announced that Cairo’s Islamic Art Museum has been “completely destroyed,” in a moment of anger and frustration.

The Minister’s statements came after a car bomb exploded outside the Museum and the Security Directorate, killing five and injuring more than 80. The explosion was one of three in Cairo today, with one killed at a Metro Station in Dokki.

While the extent of the damage is not yet clear, the Minister was earlier quoted as saying the damage is in the “tens of millions of dollars,” but vowed to restore the Museum and any antiquities that remain.

The Islamic Art Museum in Cairo houses one of the most extensive and important collections of Islamic art in the world. The Museum displays priceless Islamic art work from all periods of Islamic history, including one of the rarest copies of the Quran.

Until 2010, the Museum had been closed for renovations that lasted eight years. Upon reopening, it quickly became one of the world’s most important Islamic Museums. Below are photographs taken by Twitter user and archaeologist Monica Hanna (@monznomad).
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20 Comments on Historic Islamic Art Museum “Completely Destroyed”

  1. Reblogged this on Connectingthadots and commented:
    Egypt’s treasures destroyed

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  2. This is cultural genocide. Obamacare in action. It’s his Ikhwan – he needs to be arrested.

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  3. michaelathanassiou@gmail.com // January 25, 2014 at 2:27 am // Reply

    What else you will destroy in Egypt ,shame on you ,history is very precious , Michael from Sydney .Australia
    Sent via BlackBerry® from Telstra

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  4. king Sulyman // January 25, 2014 at 12:32 am // Reply

    The Muslim brotherhood are no longer citizens of Egypt. They have divorced themselves from Egypt. They must now be round up like wild animals and caged, because if you do not tame a wild animal, it will come and bite you in the night when you least expect it.

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  5. A very sad day for your country. And a loss for the world, as well.

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  6. Barbarism at its best. What a pity.

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  7. We, Egyptians, will build every thing up from scratch. This will kill them with rage.

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  8. الإرهاب أكثر ما يكره العلم، والتاريخ، والحضارة

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  9. This is soooo terrble and when can al this stop!

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  10. this is my favourite musuem. i was there just few weeks ago. it breaks my heart to hear it has been destroyed. i just cannot believe it.

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  11. Not a word on cnn

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  12. We will make them pay a heavy price, have no doubt, no terrorist will escape punishment !!

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