Project to Preserve National Archives Under Way

The National Archives of Egypt, founded in Cairo in 1828, is one of the oldest in the world.

It dates back to the 19th century when Mohamed Ali Pasha constructed a place in the Cairo Citadel (El-Qalaa) to preserve official records and named it Daftarkhana (House of Documentation).

The main aim behind its construction was collecting written documents of the state’s works and maintaining them in one place. Thus, it eventually turned into a storehouse of Egypt’s national heritage.

The Daftarkhana collected a lot of governmental documents after they were no longer needed. Mohammed Ali was forced to construct archival storehouses in governmental buildings and agencies in the capital as well as the governorates.


Source : Egypt State Information Service