Collapsed pavement of the choir of the Byzantine Church in Jabaliyah during its consolidation
The collapsed pavement of the choir of the Byzantine Church in Jabaliyah during its consolidation. ©

René Elter

We are pleased to award the Protection and preservation of historical archaeological sites in the Gaza Strip project £1,755,000

This project will rehabilitate two heritage sites in the Gaza Strip: the Saint Hilarion Monastery and a Byzantine Church in Jabaliyah.

A monastery and Byzantine church in Gaza 

The Saint Hilarion Monastery is one of the oldest and largest monasteries in the Middle East of which substantial remains still survive  The site is one of the few cultural heritage resources in Gaza to beregularly used by local people. The large Byzantine Church at Jabaliyah was first uncovered in 1996 and has been damaged by airstrikes and the passage of tanks across its remarkable mosaic pavements in recent years. In addition to this recent damage, both sites are threatened by the risk of a potential escalation in conflict. 

Restoring built heritage in Gaza 

In this 26-month project, the Saint Hilarion Monastery and a Byzantine Church in Jabaliyah will be rehabilitated and protected from potential future damage, thanks to the creation of protective roofs and walls..  

As well as conservation work, comprehensive on-site training will also be offered to local artisans and students of archaeology and architecture from two universities in Gaza . Targeted sessions will also be offered to local school groups and families to increase awareness and engagement with the two sites. 

About Première Urgence Internationale (PUI)

Première Urgence Internationale (PUI) is a large French NGO that is active globally in the humanitarian assistance sector.The organisation is international in nature, non-profit in structure and is not affiliated in religious or political terms.