Documentation of Endangered Architectural Heritage of Yemen


Amount $ 366 400

Years 2020 - 2022

Operator Monumenta Orientalia

project status Completed

Type of grant Call for projects

(c) Monumenta Orientalia

Yemen’s historical cities preserve unique examples of decorated high-rise earthen buildings, religious and military architecture, and Islamic urban planning. Their outstanding value has been recognized with the inscription on the World Heritage List. This unique heritage has been severely damaged by conflict, and more recently by extreme weather events related to climate change.

To support the conservation and management of these important monuments, Monumenta Orientalia (Italy) conducts detailed architectural assessments of listed heritage buildings in Sana’a, Zabid, Shibam, Aden and Tai’zz.

This project is implemented in close partnership with the Centre Français de Recherche de la Péninsule Arabique (CEFREPA) and Iconem (France), as well as in collaboration with the Social Fund for Development (SFD), the General Organisation of Antiquities and Museums (GOAM) and the General Organisation for the Preservation of the Historic Cities of Yemen (GOPCHY), under the initiative "Documenting Yemeni-Built Heritage at Risk."