The Antiquities Ministry has restored 90 percent of the antique windmill in Alexandria's Montazah area that was built by Mohamed Ali 175 years ago, according to Mohamed Metwally, general manager of the Islamic, Coptic and Jewish antiquities in Alexandria.
“It will be open to the public soon,” Metwally said, adding that the only other place open to the public in Alexandria is the Qaitbay Citadel.
Ahmed Abdel Fattah, a member of the Standing Committee of Antiquities, explained that Mohamed Ali ordered the building of windmills in Egypt to replace the then primitive grinding mills driven by cows.
“Only two are left now in Montazah and Mandara,” he said.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm