The Eliyahu Hanavi synagogue, one of the largest in the Middle East, underwent restoration beginning in 2017 and will reopen in January

The Egyptian Antiquities Ministry announced on Friday the reopening of the Eliyahu Hanavi synagogue next January.

The government began renovations on the 14th-century Alexandria house of worship in 2017.This came after the Antiquities Minister Khaled al-Anani toured a number of archaeological sites in the Mediterranean port city, among them the synagogue, which was built in 1354. The ministry explained in a press release that the Egyptian government is interested in preserving all of the country's monuments and heritage, regardless of whether they are Pharaonic, Jewish, Coptic, or Islamic.

"The restoration project included structural and architectural reinforcement to the building, in addition to meticulous restoration of the main façades and ornate walls as well as wood and copper elements, and developed systems for modern lighting and security,” the press release said.Adel Darwish, a London-based, Alexandria-born historian who is writing a book about the city of his birth, told The Media Line that restoration of the Eliyahu Hanavi is a sign of the local authorities’ growing interest in the preservation of minority groups’ heritage.