World Bulletin / News Desk
The Museum of Islamic Art in Cairo has been completely damaged in a car bomb attack that targeted the Cairo Security Directorate headquarters early on Friday.
"The museum has been completely damaged [in the bombing] and needs to be rebuilt," Minister of Antiquities Mohamed Ibrahim said in a statement.
One of the world's biggest Islamic museums, it is located just across the street from the Cairo Security Directorate headquarters, rocked by a car bombing that killed at least four people and wounded dozens others.
The minister said that the powerful blast had destroyed the museum's interior decorations and several antiquities.
The museum was first opened at the Gallery of Arab Antiquities in Cairo in 1881 during the reign of Khedive Tawfiq.
It houses more than 100,000 of rare woodwork and plaster artefacts as well as metal, ceramic, glass, crystal and textile objects of Islamic art.
The artefacts in the museum originate from Egypt, Arab countries as well as around the Islamic world.
The current building of the museum was designed by Alfonso Manescalo and was completed in 1902 in neo-Mamluk style, with its upper storey housing the National Library.
In 1952, the name of the museum was officially changed to the "Museum of Islamic Art" in recognition of positive contributions of non-Arab Muslims.Last Mod: 24 Ocak 2014, 17:53