IRAQ - URUK
ALIPH is committed to concrete and sustainable initiatives to protect the richness and diversity of the world’s cultural heritage
The Mosul museum
ALIPH is looking to provide long-term support to the symbolic and ambitious project of the rehabilitation of the Mosul museum. To help salvage this museum that was damaged by Daesh in 2014, the foundation is currently financing a necessary stage in its future rehabilitation, namely:
• The implementation of immediate measures to stabilize the building and protect the collections that are being preserved outside the museum,
• A preparatory study of the restauration (on-site missions, expertise etc.).
This first stage is being jointly carried out by the Smithsonian Institution and the musée du Louvre, in close collaboration with the Iraqi State Board of Antiquities and Heritage.
Earthen Architecture Course
Al Ain, United Arab Emirates and Manah, Oman
ALIPH supported the Earthen Architecture Course implemented at the end of 2018 by the Getty Conservation Institute in collaboration with the Department of Culture and Tourism of Abu Dhabi. The 20 participants from North Africa, Levant, Gulf countries and South-West Asia were trained and learned practical methods for the preservation of earthen buildings and archaeological sites. ALIPH's support for this training demonstrates the Foundation's commitment to curb the destruction and disappearance of earthen structures worldwide, including in the Middle East and North Africa.
Exhibition “Age old cities. A virtual journey from Palmyra to Mosul"
ALIPH financially contributed to the travelling exhibition "Age old cities. A virtual journey from Palmyra to Mosul", held at the Arab World Institute from 10 October 2018 to 17 February 2019. Using digital techniques, it recreates the cities of Palmyra, Aleppo, Mosul and Leptis Magna. By supporting this symbolic exhibition, ALIPH wished to highlight the importance of raising awareness on the need to protect heritage of humanity when it is threatened by a conflict. The event was a great success with more than 130,000 visitors for its first display in Paris.
The Tomb of Askia
The city of Gao, in Mali, was occupied by armed groups in 2012 and 2013, with serious consequences to its cultural heritage. The local authorities and population found themselves banned from carrying out maintenance and preservation of the tomb, which was placed in 2012 on the UNESCO List of World Heritage in Danger. To prevent it from further degrading and collapsing, ALIPH finances a full rehabilitation project.
The Mar Behnam Monastery
The Mar Behnam Monastery in Khidr, in northern Iraq – a 4th-century monument that formerly housed one of the most important Syriac libraries in the world – was destroyed by Daesh in 2015. This project, instigated by the association Fraternity in Iraq, has allowed several parts of the church and the tomb to be rebuilt. ALIPH has contributed up to USD 250,000 to the project.