The head of the Engineering Projects Department of the Al-Abbas's (p) Holy shrine; Engineer Dea' Majeed Al-Sa'egh has announced that the technical and engineering staff have started covering the dome of shrine of the Owner of the Order and Time (may Allah hasten his holy reappearance) in the Sahla holy mosque with golden tiles and the streaky and gilded Kashi Karbala'i, according to a high engineering and architectural specifications in harmony with the Islamic architecture and conserving as much as possible its ancient details by reformulating them with a new artistic design.
Adding: "The technical and engineering staff of our department have become familiar and expert as a result of the projects they have implemented. They cumulated the experience from the maintenance and covering domes and minarets, such as the minarets of the shrine of Aba Al-Fadl Al-Abbas (peace be upon him), the minarets of the shrine of Sayed Mohamad son of Imam Ali Al-Hadi (peace be upon him), the dome of the sanctuary of Imam Al-Mahdi (may Allah hasten his holy reappearance) in the holy city of Karbala, in addition to a part of the dome of the shrine of the Commander of the Faithful (peace be upon him). So, in order to harness these expertise and using it correctly, the Secretariat of the Sahla Mosque has put its trust in these Iraqi experienced staff that are surpassing the foreign experience in this art field."
Mr. Al-Sa'egh has explained: "This Maqam is one of the seven Maqams in the Sahla Great Mosque, located in the centre of the southern side. The dome's diameter is of 11.48 meters, and 12 meters height from the highest point to the base from the outside, its height from inside is 8.85 meters. The work priority is to maintain the overall structure of the dome, which is a part of the expansion and renovation project of the mosque."
Adding: "The works will include covering the dome with the "Harib", which is the metal knot works connected to the outer structure of the dome by metal wires, then covered with a light layer of cement and sand to protect the tracery from moisture, then the dome will be covered with the Kashi Karbala'i."
Indicating: "There will be 21 kg of gold to cover an area of 80 square meters, and the used Kashi Karbala'i that will cover an area of 200 square meters, and it is a streaky Kashi gilded by 30 %, and characterized by equal dimensions and measurements and sharp angles, with a flat surface, high resistance to heat and to moisture's absorption. It is also characterized by the consistency and brilliance of its colours. It will be installed in artistic way with the addition of strengthening materials with high thermal and water insulation."
It is to note that the implementation of this project falls within the framework of technical cooperation between the Al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine and the rest of the shrines.