Ukraine Deputy Minister of Culture Visits National Museum in Riyadh

Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Culture and Information Policy Anastasia Bondar during her visit to the National Museum, in King Abdulaziz Historical Center in Riyadh. (SPA)
Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Culture and Information Policy Anastasia Bondar during her visit to the National Museum, in King Abdulaziz Historical Center in Riyadh. (SPA)
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Ukraine Deputy Minister of Culture Visits National Museum in Riyadh

Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Culture and Information Policy Anastasia Bondar during her visit to the National Museum, in King Abdulaziz Historical Center in Riyadh. (SPA)
Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Culture and Information Policy Anastasia Bondar during her visit to the National Museum, in King Abdulaziz Historical Center in Riyadh. (SPA)

Ukraine’s Deputy Minister of Culture and Information Policy Anastasia Bondar visited on Wednesday the National Museum, in King Abdulaziz Historical Center in Riyadh.

The official was in Saudi Arabia to take part in the 45th UNESCO World Heritage Committee that was hosted by the Kingdom.

She visited eight galleries at the museum, which display items based on heritage, history, culture, politics and Islam, featuring collections that reflect thousands of years of rich Saudi cultural history.

She also toured the "Hijrah: in the Footsteps of the Prophet" exhibition, in its second edition, which displays the most important journey of the Prophet, from Makkah to Madinah.

The exhibition is curated by King Abdulaziz Center for World Culture (Ithra).



Medieval Mummies 'Beyond Repair' after Dublin Church Fire

Police in Ireland. Reuters file photo
Police in Ireland. Reuters file photo
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Medieval Mummies 'Beyond Repair' after Dublin Church Fire

Police in Ireland. Reuters file photo
Police in Ireland. Reuters file photo

Five medieval mummies preserved in the crypt of a Dublin church have likely been damaged beyond repair by a fire and water used to douse the flames, a church official said on Wednesday.
The five sets of remains, preserved for hundreds of years in the crypt of the 11th century St. Michan's Church in central Dublin, include the remains of a crusader and are a tourist attraction in the city, Reuters reported.
An intruder broke into the crypt on Tuesday afternoon and started the fire and firefighters used water to put it out, the Church of Ireland Archbishop of Dublin, Michael Jackson, told RTE radio.
"The combination of fire and water have done significant damage to the mummies... I honestly don't know exactly what the extent of that is, but my fear like that of others is that the damage is irreparable," Jackson said.
The remains are due to be examined by experts from the National Museum of Ireland to see if anything can be salvaged, he said.
The vicar of the church, David Pierpoint, told RTE he thought the mummies were "beyond repair."