Memoirs Engraved in Stone: Palestinian architecture

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 23.09.2006:

When speaking about the region 's architecture, it is less problematic to talk about architecture in Palestine than about "Palestinian architecture." The first refers to all architectural styles found in Palestine from the different historic periods - whether Hellenic, Roman, Byzantine, Umayyad, Abbasid, Fatimid, Crusader, Ayoubid, Mamluk, Ottoman, or British Mandate-until today. Moreover, it(...)

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Villa Salameh

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 17.06.2006:

Villa Salameh, as the beautiful edifice at 21 Balfour Street in the Talbieh neighbourhood of West Jerusalem is called, is an architectural masterpiece that was built in the 1930s by French architect Marcel Favier. Favier had been sent to Jerusalem to build the French Consulate after its destruction in the earthquake of 1927. The similarities between the two beautiful buildings in the neo-cla(...)

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The Jabber neighbourhood in the old city of Hebron

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 17.06.2006:

Palestinian Cultural Heritage at Risk

The city of Hebron lies approximately 900m above see level and is 30 km south of Jerusalem, on a mountainous area. With a population of more than 120,000 inhabitants, it is considered one of the largest Palestinian cities and is a very important commercial centre for the southern parts of the West Bank. The historic city of Hebron is one of the m(...)

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Outside kitchen

Contributed by Vinzenz Hokema on 08.06.2006:

The kitchen of the Lama house was not situated in the house itself, but in a separate lodge next to the main building. The Taboun, the traditional wood oven,

was situated here as well.

Today, only the foundation walls are left.

Margueritte Lama's house, (...)

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Wood used in building

Contributed by Vinzenz Hokema on 27.05.2006:

Doors, windows and furniture were made from Oak (arabic: Ballout), Mahagoni, Teak, Katrani or other hardwood which had to be imported from Europe, thus being very expensive, but lasting very long.

Margueritte Lama's house, Manger Street, Bethlehem.

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Doorways: Arched and straight

Contributed by Vinzenz Hokema on 25.05.2006:

Walls in traditional Palestinian houses are constructed with far more tricks and secrets than expected.

This door leading to the roof of the Lama House in Bethlehem has an arched lintel on the inside, and a straight one outside, while it is one undivided wall apart fr(...)

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Modern way of building houses

Contributed by Vinzenz Hokema on 25.05.2006:

The facades of newly built Palestinian houses are usually made of limestone and contain references to old styles of building (e.g. arches). This is requiered by municipal law (in Jerusalem, Bethlehem and other areas).

As visible in the aperture, not the natural stones(...)

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Storeys for the next generation

Contributed by Vinzenz Hokema on 18.05.2006:

In many old Palestinian homes, staircases lead up to the flat roof, looking a little bit like a room has been knocked down there. The edges of some of the walls are not sealed off and some of the building blocks reach out further than others.

But nothing has been dest(...)

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Sultan Suleiman and Jerusalem’s Old City Walls

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 14.05.2006:

By Selahattin Tümer

People usually tend to take things for granted when they live in such a rich cultural and historical setting. Everyday, hundreds and thousands of Jerusalemites walk or drive along Sultan Suleiman Street, which faces part of the massive walls and two of the seven gates of the Old City, without thinking about where the name of the street comes from. However, for Jerus(...)

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Protecting Historic Town and Village Centres

Contributed by This Week In Palestine on 25.02.2006:

By Farhat Muhawi

This Week in Palestine

October 2005

There are more than 422 historic centres found in cities, towns and villages in the West Bank and the Gaza Strip. Those historic centres, and according to Riwaq's Registry of Historic Buildings in Palestine, contain approximately 50,230 historic buildings. The preparation of protection and development plans for this hug(...)

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