On Friday January 13, 2017, I traveled to Mansourah city in order to discover the forgotten Egyptian heritage.

According to the direct observation analysis and UNESCO world heritage nomination criteria, Mansourah city has high significant cultural, aesthetics, and historical values and a rich history that embodies in Mansourah tangible heritage. Unfortunately, there are high human-induced impacts on some buildings such as el-Mahalawy Pasha Palace.

Unfortunately, due to the modern negative attitude towards the cultural heritage buildings and high economic pressures, the owners of this palace deliberately burnt it in order to sell its land to a few investors.

This palace is available for sale. It is distinguished by it unique Gothic structure. It needs a rapid risk management and architectural conservation plan.

There are other heritage buildings that date back to the Khedive period, but it is accommodated by governmental and security entities.

Therefore, as a heritage lover, I appeal heritage guardians to safeguard this forgotten heritage in Mansourah city, Egypt.

  • Mohamed Badry
    Mohamed Badry

    HeritageForAll Initiative Founder

    Mohamed Badry is from Cairo, Egypt. He is a founder of "HeritageForAll" initiative that was founded in April 2017 focusing the field of the heritage and/or museum management and conservation throughout a group of capacity building activities. He has an extensive background in the field of heritage management and marketing. Holding M.A. in Heritage Conservation and Site Management from Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg (Germany) and Helwan University (HU) (Egypt) (2015); a Guidance Diploma, Faculty of Tourism and Hotel Management (FTH, HU) (2011); and a Bachelor in History, Faculty of Arts – Cairo University (2009), he held numerous internships with UNESCO Cairo office, and UNESCO New Delhi-supported initiative GoUNESCO. His M.A. dissertation was specified in the field of heritage marketing under the title of "Developing Innovative Marketing Plan to Augment the Visitation of Egyptian World Heritage Sites: A Case Study on Saladin Citadel". He was a research and teaching assistant in the field of heritage management focusing the theme of “Authenticity and Socio-economic Integrity of a Living Heritage” at German University of Technology in Oman [affiliated to RWTH Aachen Uni.]. Since 2012, he worked a freelance English-speaking tour guide in Cairo. Then in 2016, he worked for a while as a heritage development officer at Children's Civilization and Creativity Centre (Child Museum). Also, he got an individual ICOM membership. Then, he worked as a monitoring and evaluation officer at OEcumene Studio with UNHCR CSR Unite-funded projects. Also, he participated the former company, as a researcher, in the heritage project “Siwa Architecture Community Centre: towards an Inclusive and Heritage-conscious Urban Transition (SIWI Project)” raising awareness of the local community about Siwan architecture and the cultural significance of traditional architectural heritage. Then, as a founder of HeritageForAll initiative, he launched a workshop "Urban Architectural Heritage and Social Interaction" understanding the heritage context in Rashid as Egyptian tentative world heritage city; estimating socio-economically how the local community deals with their surrounding cultural heritage; what their requirements are; and how far they welcome the heritage tourism in their historic city. Furthermore, he participated a consultation team of Shaboury Company - Heritage Development in preparing a proposal of Giza Plateau Master Plan (2019 – 2022) as a part of UNESCO Egyptian World Heritage Site "Memphis & its Necropolis".

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