The Ministry of Antiquities resumed preliminary renovation work of the Graeco-Roman Museum in Alexandria on Saturday with an initial cost totaled at LE120 million after the ministry suspended the museum’s renovation following the outbreak of January 25 revolution in 2011.
The museum is the largest one specializing in the Graeco-Roman civilization in the Mediterranean region, the ministry noted.
Assistant Minister of Antiquities for Engineering Affairs, Hesham Samir Ibrahim, told al-Masry al-Youm that the actual renovation will commence after raw materials are transported to the location of the museum under the supervision of the Engineering Authority of the Armed Forces as well as sub-contractors.
Ibrahim added that the ministry allocated LE1,25 billion to fund 8 national archaeological projects nationwide including renovation works of the Graeco-Roman Museum which started in 2009.
A source in the Museum sector in Alexandria and West Delta said that the museum contained 90 thousand artifacts before they were transferred to the ministry’s storage facility in West Alexandria.
Edited translation from Al-Masry Al-Youm