IRAQ - URUK
ALIPH is committed to concrete and sustainable initiatives to protect the richness and diversity of the world’s cultural heritage
Rehabilitation of the Tomb of Askia
Tomb of Askia, built in 1495, is testament to the splendour of the Songhoy Empire and a significant example of Sudano-Sahelian architecture. The local community regularly gathers at the site for cultural events and is dedicated to its upkeep by maintaining the structure using traditional methods. When the city of Gao was occupied by armed groups from 2012-13, there were serious consequences to its cultural heritage, including the tomb. The site was placed on the UNESCO List of World Heritage in Danger in 2012. To prevent it from further degrading and collapsing, a full rehabilitation project will be carried out. This project will be led by the Direction Nationale du Patrimoine Culturel du Mali in collaboration with CRAterre. It has several objectives, including consolidation of the structure, improvement of the facilities, and promotion of local and traditional knowledge.
Preserving the written heritage of Jerusalem
The combined collections of the Jerusalem-based Khalidi, Al-Budeiri and Nashashibi Libraries as well as the Al-Ma'amal Art Foundation hold some of the oldest and largest private collections in Jerusalem, with rare manuscripts from the 12th century onward. The Khalidi Library is coordinating the common effort of these institutions to protect and preserve their threatened heritage.
Protection, Preservation and Promotion of Palestinian Cultural Heritage in the Gaza Strip
The Saint Hilarion Monastery is one of the oldest and largest monasteries in the Middle East and is still used regularly. This project will renovate the historic buildings for public use and expand local capacities for cultural heritage preservation in Gaza. These activities will enhance the conservation skills and knowledge of students and workers, promote cultural tourism, and raise public awareness of the importance of cultural heritage.