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Built in 1881, the Cairo Museum of Islamic Art is home to the world's richest collection of artifacts from all periods of Islamic history.A recently completed $14.4 million renovation included 25 exhibition halls, state-of-the-art security and lighting systems, a fully equipped restoration laboratory, a children's museum and a library, much of which was gutted by the blast.Kilani, the former museum official, and other archaeologists said nearly all of the collection was lost., while other experts said between 5 and 20 percent of the museum's pieces were destroyed.Nabrawy estimated that about 5 percent of the museum's artifacts were lost because many of the textiles, coins and metal artifacts could be salvaged.
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