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Cultural Heritage and Urban Development Project (CHUD): Chama’a Castle Rehabilitation and Development

Country: Lebanon

Location within country: South Lebanon

Client: Council for Development and Reconstruction (CDR)

Financed by: Italian Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Consultant: Chahine Al Chabab

Scope of Work

Castle Restoration, Conservation, Rehabilitation, Valorisation and implementation of the new layout and infrastructure of its surrounding related to the conservation of archaeological remains, the consolidation of weak structures and partially destroyed vaults and rooms, the restoration of some important structures of the castle, the reconstruction of some collapsed structures, towers and gates. The work includes the improvement of the surrounding landscape especially of the historical sectors.

Implementation of the Archaeological Investigations related to the archaeological excavation of the debris and archaeological layers in the interior of the castle and in its surroundings (basically the embanked ditches). These works are undertaken by an archaeological team designated by the DGA who shall coordinate with the Contractor. The works shall be undertaken according to approved international standards related to documentation, archiving and studies. The results of these works shall be used for the presentation project;

Presentation of the monuments by creating touristic trial through new passages and installation of informative panels.

Improving the public spaces of the fortified village by installation of new infra-structure, new landscape design and introducing new touristic trial that integrate the village with the castle.

Introducing new services for the management of the monument such as ticket rooms, toilets, storages, management offices, car parking and illumination of the outside and inside of the castle especially the dark areas.

Works are being executed adopting methods to preserve the authenticity according to ICCROM and other international organization standards for the historical monuments.