Emergency Conservation of the 1st-Century B.C. Lower Pool at Solomon's Pools in Bethlehem

This project, which includes documentation and emergency conservation of a collapsed wall of the Lower Pool, directly supports the U.S. consulate’s efforts to assist the Palestinian Authority with the preservation of a heritage site of great value to Palestinians and Israelis and the protection of one of the last remaining green spaces in the West Bank.

The three reservoirs, known collectively as Solomon’s Pools, formed part of an ancient aqueduct—the Qanat es-Sabeel—that supplied water to the cities of Bethlehem and Jerusalem for nearly 2,000 years. [Photo credit: U.S. Department of State]

Project Details

Location: Organiser(s): Solomon's Pools Preservation & Development Center (SPPD) Funder(s): U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation Funding received: $500,000 (USD) Commencement Date: 09/2017 Project Status: Completed
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