Egyptian Scientific Institute

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The historic Egyptian Scientific Institute (established in 1798 as L'Institut d’Egypte) is located in Cairo. It was established in 1798 by Napoleon Bonaparte and has been the oldest scientific institute in Egypt. It holds the richest and the rarest library in Egypt with more than 200,000 volumes. It was set on fire on 17 December 2011 during the 2011 Egyptian revolution. Professor Mahmoud l-Shernoby, the general secretary of the institute, told that the damage is a "great loss" to Egypt and that those "who caused this disaster should be punished".[1][2]

A first estimate says that only 30,000 volumes have been saved of a total of 200,000.[3]

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