Egypt’s Museum of Islamic Art welcomes first visitors since 2014 bombing

Egypt’s Museum of Islamic Art, home to one of the world’s most important collections of Islamic artifacts, is welcoming visitors for the first time since it was damaged in a car bombing three years ago. It reopened last week after a two-year restoration program funded by the United Arab Emirates and UNESCO, the cultural arm of the United Nation, as well Switzerland, the United States and Italy. Restoration experts were able to salvage all but 19 of the 179 damaged pieces and more than 4,400 exhibits are on display, including about 400 that are being shown for the first time, Egypt’s Antiquities Ministry said.

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