Forgotten Heritage and Human-Induced Impacts in Mansourah City, Egypt

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 Kamel Basuny Amer

    I am a graduate of Faculty of Arts, History Department at Cairo Uni. (2009), Faculty of Tourism and Hotel Management, Guidance Diploma at Helwan Uni. (2011) and Guidance Pre-Master (2013). In November 2015, I have obtained a master degree (M.A.) in Heritage Conservation and Site Management that has been jointly held between Helwan University (Egypt) and Brandenburg University of Technology Cottbus-Senftenberg (Germany). My dissertation was specified in heritage marketing under title of "Developing Innovative Marketing Plan to Augment the Visitation of Egyptian World Heritage Sites: A Case Study on Saladin Citadel"(

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