650 Year-Old Swimming Pool Unearthed in Cairo -- February 12, 2005
CAIRO, Egypt, February 12. A 650 year-old swimming pool has been unearthed under an ancient Mameluke palace in Cairo, the first such historic discovery in the capital, MENA, Egypt's state media, reported.
Workers accidentally came upon the pool recently as they were restoring the palace, built in 1352 by Emir Taz to celebrate his marriage to the Sultan Mohammed an-Nasir's daughter. The palace was modified at the end of the 19th century and transformed into a girls' school. Egypt's education ministry later commandeered the monument to store school textbooks.
Ayman Abdul Moneim, the Egyptian official in charge of the restoration of historic Cairo, told the official MENA news agency that the discovery will help experts learn more about the history of Islamic Cairo.