CAIRO: The Standing Committee for Islamic and Coptic Monuments will decide over subtending the Fish Garden in Zamalek to other Islamic Monuments in Egypt, owing to its unique architectural and technical design.
The Fish Garden was built in 1867, by a French parks director under Khedive Ismail’s rule. The park is built in a shape of a hill using mud that has been brought from the city of Aswan. Red sand was also used to create architectural configurations in the form of fish gills.
Supreme Council of Antiquities Chief Zahi Hawass said that the park now includes 49 aquariums with a very diverse collection of rare aquatic species, such as the Nile Fish. The park also includes species like turtles, reptiles that live in swamps and rivers.
The Standing Committee for Islamic and Coptic Monuments will meet on Oct. 12 to decide on the matter.
The committee added the Giza Zoo and Al-Andalus Park to the Islamic Monuments. Accordingly, both parks are now under law 117 of protecting monuments. Abdullah Attar, the committee’s advisor for Islamic Monuments, said that by subtending the monuments, the committee takes care of repairing and renovating them.