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Cairo park restores ancient glory - CROWDED CAIRO GETS ITS OWN VISION OF CENTRAL PARK - 2005-03-25

airo's Al-Azhar park inaugurated   2005-03-25
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www.aljazeera.net

The park was financed by the Aga Khan Trust for CultureA 30-hectare park built from scratch on what used to be a 500-year-old garbage dump topping one of Cairo's poorest neighbourhoods is ready for inauguration.
The opening ceremony on Friday will be presided over by Imam Aga Khan, the 68-year-old spiritual leader of Shia Ismaili Muslims who first devised the project more than 20 years ago.

Cairo's parks through the ages - IS CAIRO PARK A NEW MODEL FOR URBAN RENEWAL? - 2005-03-24

Source: 
www.cairomagazine.com

While Al Azhar Park may be a novel project in the Cairo of today, a hundred years ago it would have been one cultivated green space among many. In the 19th century, Cairo was being modeled after European cities, and parks were part of the plan conceived carried out by Viceroy Muhammad Ali and his successors, especially Khedive Ismail, for creating a sophisticated, modern urban space. Today, however, most of the old parks are only a fraction of their original size and dim reflections of their illustrious beginnings, due to neglect and shifting concerns of the state.

City of the future: Cairo's five centuries of rubbish is now a park, thanks to the Aga Khan - CITY OF THE FUTURE - 2004-05-07

Al-Azhar Park in Cairo, Egypt
Source: 
www.theartnewspaper.com/news/article.asp?idart=11648

This vast landscaping and urban renewal project has also uncovered Saladin's walls. An enormous rubbish heap in the centre of Cairo, has been turned into a park thanks to the Aga Khan, Imam of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslim, and it is to be inaugurated this month. He is well known for his interest in the architecture of Islam, and this is an exceptionally ambitious project by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture (AKTC) that has involved also restoring parts of the ancient city walls, the Darb al-Ahmar area in a socially responsible way.

Aga Khan Trust transforms vast Cairo dump - AGA KHAN TRUST TRANSFORMS VAST CAIRO DUMP - 2004-06-02

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feeds.bignewsnetwork.com/?sid=02ba1ad52da445ba

The Aga Khan Trust for Culture has transformed an enormous rubbish heap in the medieval center of Cairo into an oasis, called Al-Azhar Park.
The trust set by Aga Khan IV, leader of the Shia Imami Ismaili Muslim sect, is world renowned for its architectural projects. The Al-Azhar Park reclamation includes restoration of part of the ancient city walls and the impoverished Darab al-Ahmar area of the city. The park site had been the main rubbish heap of Cairo since late Mamluk times, some 500 years ago.

AGA KHAN AND MADAME MUBARAK INAUGURATE CAIRO'S AL-AZHAR PARK - CROWDED CAIRO GETS ITS OWN VISION OF CENTRAL PARK - 2005-03-25

Aga Khan and Madame Mubarak inaugurates Cairo's Al Azhar Park  2005-03-25
Source: 
www.akdn.org/news/2005March25.htm

His Highness the Aga Khan speaking with the First Lady of Egypt, Madame Mubarak, during the Al-Azhar Park inauguration ceremonies.The Park as a Catalyst for Social, Economic and Cultural Renewal

Foundation of Al-Azhar Mosque

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Fondation de la mosquée al-Azar sous Al-Muizz

Conquest of Egypt by Imam Al-Muizz - 970AD

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Conquete de l'Egyte par l'Imam al-Muiz

THE AGA KHAN WELCOMES HRH THE PRINCE OF WALES TO AL AZHAR PARK - 2006-03-20

His Highness the Aga Khan welcomes HRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall to Al-Azhar Park. The Royals commence a 3

His Highness the Aga Khan welcomes HRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall to Al-Azhar Park. The Royals commence a 3 week tour to Egypt, Saudi Arabia and India.

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Heritage Society Collection
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Heritage Society Collection
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Heritage Society Collection
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