Mission to the cities of Nablus and Hebron, in the West Bank, Palestinian Territories

Duration: May 2004

Klient: UNESCO Office Ramallah

The mission to the Palestinian Territories is carried out in compliance with the decision taken at the 27th session of the UNESCO World Heritage Committee requesting the World Heritage Centre and the Advisory Bodies to examine the state of conservation of the archaeological property of Tell Rumeida in the Palestine Territories, and ii) in consequence of the decisions taken at the 26th session concerning the protection of the cultural heritage in the Palestinian Territories, as well as further to the correspondence concerning the endangered cultural heritage in the Historic Centre of Nablus, the task includes a review of the state of conservation of these sites.Project aims.:

Both the Old Town of Nablus and the archaeological site of Tell Rumeida within the Historic Hebron are considered to have exceptional universal value representing significant stages in human history. The current conflict is creating an imminent threat to this heritage and poses an obstacle for ensuring a lasting and sustainable preservation of cultural heritage as an integrated part of the daily life of the community.

In complience with the request by the UNESCO World Heritage Committee, Tegnestuen Raadvad, architect consultants MAA, was commissioned  undertake a mission to the cities of Nablus and Hebron, in the West Bank, Palestinian Territories, in order to review the general state of conservation of the two selected sites.

Guarded access to the The Ibrahimi mosque/Tomb of the Patriarch in Hebron. Photo Flemming Aalund @ may 2004