Four weeks after blast, rehabilitation work begins at National Museum of Beirut


Workers at the National Museum of Beirut beginning a rehabilitation project financed by Aliph and undertaken by the Musée du Louvre alongside the Directorate General of Antiquities of Lebanon © Julien Chanteau

Staff members from the Musée du Louvre and Directorate General of Antiquities of Lebanon today began overseeing work on a joint rehabilitation project at the National Museum of Beirut, which was heavily damaged in this months explosion in the citys port area, the International Alliance for the Protection of Heritage in Conflict Areas (Aliph) reports.

The museum is 3km south of the port, and the blast on 4 August destroyed the museums windows and doors and caused serious damage to the security system. At least 180 people were killed and over 6,000 wounded in the city and countless buildings were leveled.

The aim is to secure the building and the collections as quickly as possible by repairing the doors, windows and security system, Aliph says. Teams from the Louvres Department of Near Eastern Antiquities and Department of Architectural Heritage and Gardens are in Beirut and have been assisting the directorate general in mapping out a recovery plan.

Workers attending to the lofty windows at the National Museum of Beirut Julien Chanteau

The directorate general itself suffered severe damage to its administrative offices and storage rooms. It has submitted a request for emergency aid to Aliph to repairs at its headquarters and at the museum, estimating that the work could cost nearly $1m. So far Aliph has authorised $5m in funds for the stabilisation and rehabilitation of Beiruts heritage overall, including a $200,000 tranche for the first phase of repairs at the museum.

The National Museum of Beirut, which displays over 1,800 objects on three floors dating from prehistoric times to the Ottoman period and originally opened inRead More – Source


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