A multi-million dollar restoration of the oldest library in the world is almost complete.
A wing of the Qarawiyyin Library, founded in Fez in 859 by Fatima al-Fihri, will open to the public before the end of the year.
The library has been undergoing massive renovations for three years. Engineers and craftsmen examined the building's structural integrity, repaired broken tiles, reinforced carved wooden archways and restored the landmark's fountains.
While the library itself is beautiful, with its arches and courtyards, its most prized relics are all secured within. According to The Guardian, four locks once secured the library’s most coveted ancient works, like a ninth-century Qur’an written...