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Video: Egypt launches guided virtual tour of Ottoman-era masterpiece door

Egypt’s Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities has launched a new guided virtual tour taking viewers inside the Museum of Islamic Art to experience a breathtaking wooden door gilded with silver, dating all the way back to the era of Muhammed Ali.

Taken from the Mosque of al-Sayyidah Zaynab, this magnificent door ranks as among the largest silver-plated doors in the entire world according to the ministry’s statement.

Looking further past the glamorous silver and Islamic craftsmanship, the door contains another small yet remarkable feature which is the artist’s signature engraved on the door lock: Yahudah Aslan, a man neither Muslim or Arab.

This serves as a testament to Islamic Cairo’s foundation of tolerance and religious diversity, a time where even non-Muslim artisans could excel at creating Islamic art.

Enjoy our guided video tours for a wooden door with silver plating. Egypt, Muhammad Ali Dynasty13th century AH / 19th century ADMIA no 3737 This door is one of the masterpieces from the Ottoman era, and counts among the largest silver-plated doors in the whole world. It bears the name of the artist who made it, Yahudah Aslan.This door was brought in to the Museum of Islamic Art from the Mosque of al-Sayyidah Zaynab. It is a vivid testimony of Muslim tolerance towards adherents of other faiths, as well as the perfection reached by non-Muslim artisans in incorporating Islamic motifs in their artifactsThanks to Gihan Nabil ‎‏‎learning center of the Grand Egyptian Museum and the tour guide Dina Ezz Aldin for volenteering and Media Hub for the production‎‏‎‏#StayHome‎‏‎‏#StaySafe‎‏‎‏#ExperienceEgyptFromHome#UNESCO

Posted by ‎Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities وزارة السياحة والآثار‎ on Monday, April 27, 2020

This new guided tour comes as part of the Experience Egypt initiative launched by the Ministry of Tourism and Antiquities in response to the world-wide coronavirus pandemic that has placed the world into lockdown and halted tourism industries everywhere.

With the slogan, “Experience Egypt from Home. Stay Home. Stay Safe,”, this initiative aims to enable people worldwide to embark on a journey through ancient Egyptian civilization while confined at home due to precautionary measures taken to combat the coronavirus outbreak.

This and all of the museum’s other tours are available on the Ministry’s official website and Social Media platforms (FacebookInstagramTwitter and Experience Egypt).