IRAQ - URUK
ALIPH is committed to concrete and sustainable initiatives to protect the richness and diversity of the world’s cultural heritage
Documenting the Sculpted Decoration of the Crac des Chevaliers
On Syrian Heritage
The Crac des Chevaliers fortress, known for its 13th-century carved arcades and capitals, and a World Heritage Site, was damaged during conflict in 2013-14. Mediathèque de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine (MAP) holds a repository of casts of these architectural elements, made by French archaeologist Paul Deschamps in 1927-28, and preserved at the Cité de l'Architecture et du Patrimoine in Paris. The project will create 3D restitutions of the casts and digitize the annexed documentation.
Rehabilitation of Raqqa Museum
The museum of Raqqa held an important collection of cultural and archeological artefacts from pre-history to modern times. However, the museum suffered damage and was reportedly looted by Daesh in 2013. The rehabilitation of the museum will be finalized in cooperation with the local NGO Roya. A first phase for the recovery of the museum’s artifacts will start, in order to allow the museum to house its collections and welcome visitors once again.
Exhibition “Age old cities. A virtual journey from Palmyra to Mosul"
ALIPH firmly believes in the importance of raising awareness on the need to protect heritage threatened by conflict. The travelling exhibition "Age old cities: A virtual journey from Palmyra to Mosul" recreates the cities of Palmyra, Aleppo, Mosul and Leptis Magna in virtual reality. It enjoyed its opening at the Arab World Institute from 10 October 2018 to 17 February 2019, where it was visited by more than 130,000 people. The exhibition has already traveled to Bonn, Riyadh and Washington DC.