Restoration of a Mamluk Façade in Jerusalem

This year long project restored the main façade of a Mamluk building in Jerusalem

Historic Mamluk Buildings

There are a number of Mamluk-period buildings in Jerusalem. The Mamluk Sultanate ruled Jerusalem for over two and a half centuries, from 1250 to 1517. During that period, there were many contributions to the architecture of the city, including schools, hostels, and souks.

Restoring a Historic Mamluk Façade

This year long project aims to restore the main façade of a Mamluk building in Jerusalem. The façade has not been renovated since construction in 1358 AD.

This will include a detailed documentation of the Mamluk façade’s current condition and the problems that it faces. This will be followed by an intervention plan that includes solutions to the problems identified and consultation with owners and residents.

The physical restoration of the façade will be done alongside the training of four local stone masons, building specific skills related to the care of historic stone façades. This will happen alongside advocacy work to engage the local community, including talks on the Mamluk architectural style, and information on the restoration process.

Project Details


Location: Jerusalem, Israel, Middle East, Asia Organiser(s): The Welfare Association (UK) Project partner(s): Center for Development Consultancy, Istituto per I Beni Culturali Funder(s): British Council Cultural Protection Fund in partnership with DCMS Funding received: £163,525 Commencement Date: 10/2017 Project Status: Active
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