Advanced stages of the finishing works of the ceiling of the Qibla Gate of Aba al-Fadl al-Abbas (peace be upon him).

The head of the engineering projects department at the al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine; Eng. Diaa Majeed Al-Sa'egh, said: "The installation of the Islamic inscriptions and decorations of the Qibla gate of Aba al-Fadl al-Abbas (peace be upon him) reached the advanced stages, as it was limited to the upper part of the gate [ceiling], as the works on the two sides of the wall have been completed earlier. This is an important part of the work as it contains designs and decorations that need to be very operational and executed with high-precision, because of the various forms of Islamic architectural designs of carvings, Muqarnas and dendrites that join the originality of the old tradition and modernity of the execution."

He added: "Because of the accuracy and craftsmanship needed by these works, they need time to implement them. The ceiling of the Qibla Gate contains many vegetal inscriptions, decorations and dendrites -similar to beehives-, which are made of iron molds that have been fixed on the ceiling of the gate, to be covered with gypsum on which the inscriptions will be engraved inspired by the inscriptions of the holy shrine, and framed by gilt frames according to the design of each part."

Indicating: "The work is underway according to the agreed time frames, and most of these forms have been completed. The next stage is to cover the separation between the ceiling and the completed wall, and for the accuracy of its implementation it will need a long time."

It is to note that the stages of the gate's project are part of the large and vital project of the expansion of the Al-Abbas's (p) holy shrine, making the new gates embracing the old ones, investing in larger areas and using Islamic inscriptions and decorations with beautiful artistic connotations, according to the design and location of each gate, in order to welcome larger numbers of visitors and Hussayni processions entering the holy shrine. These gates were designed and executed by Ard Qods Company for Constructions and under the direct field supervision of the Engineering Projects Department at the holy shrine, as these gates should be implemented with high operational accuracy because of the artistic and technical pieces such as the Muqarnas and inscriptions that need great time and high precision in the execution.
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