Institut d’Égypte in Kairo door brand verwoest; ‘een ramp voor de wetenschap’

Egyptians collect burnt manuscripts from the destroyed Institute of Egypt in central Cairo on December 19, 2011 after the world-famous centre caught fire during deadly clashes between security forces and protesters. The heavily damaged historic centre for the advancement of scientific research, housing priceless national archives, was founded in 1798 during Napoleon Bonaparte's expedition tEgypt, and contained more than 20,000 precious documents and manuscripts. AFP PHOTO/KHALED DESOUKI AFP