IRAQ - URUK
ALIPH is committed to concrete and sustainable initiatives to protect the richness and diversity of the world’s cultural heritage
Preserving Manuscripts in the Al-Aqib Library, Sankoré Mosque of Timbuktu
The Al-Aqib Library at the Sankoré Mosque in Timbuktu holds a unique manuscript collection, which remained in Timbuktu during the armed attacks of 2012. This project will improve the critical preservation conditions of the collection through collaboration between AMALIA and library personnel. The Al-Aqib collection is also part of a digitization project led by the Hill Museum and Manuscript Library, and of a research project coordinated by the University of Hamburg.
Rehabilitation of the Tomb of Askia
The 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.
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.