Connelly Visits Tyre to Promote Cultural Heritage

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U.S. Ambassador to Lebanon Maura Connelly visited Tyre yesterday to promote the protection of cultural property and visit project sites under the Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation, the U.S. embassy said on Wednesday.

During her visit, she met with the Mayor of Tyre, Hasan Dbouq, the head of the Union of Tyre Region Municipalities, Abdul Mohsen al-Husseini, Dr. Ali Khalil Badawi, Director of Antiquities for South Lebanon with the Ministry of Culture, and members of the Tyre Municipal Council.

She also toured the al-Bass ruins, the ancient city of Tyre, and the port of Tyre and discussed “further ways that the United States may help contribute to the protection of Tyre’s rich cultural heritage,” the embassy said in a statement.

The Ambassador’s Fund for Cultural Preservation (AFCP) was created by the U.S. Congress in 2001 and supports the preservation of cultural sites, cultural objects, and forms of traditional cultural expression in more than 100 developing countries.

This program has funded two cultural preservation projects in Tyre. In 2003, the U.S. Embassy supported the restoration of the funerary complex at the al-Bass Necropolis that included the conservation and cleaning of various structures and elements of the necropolis, including an ornate Byzantine mosaic.

In 2006, the program funded the conservation, protection and restoration of the Mubarakeh Tower in the historic port of Tyre. The tower, dating from the 1st century B.C., is among the last remains of Tyre’s ancient defensive walls.

“While at the al-Bass site, a U.S. Embassy vehicle parked too close to a modern wall built to shore up the main road to the site that caused part of the wall to collapse. Ambassador Connelly expresses the U.S. Embassy’s regret at this incident,” the embassy said, adding that it is “coordinating with the Ministry of Culture and the Municipality of Tyre to pay for the damages.”

Comments 3
Thumb ghada12 06 February 2013, 17:24

I was enjoying this article, thinking wow an American all the way in Sour and welcomed nicely? Things must be achanging, but then reached to the part about a wall collapsing because a car parked too close to it and then Connelly saying it will pay for the damages...I am confused. How does a wall collapse from a car parking too close to it? And, was the driver of the US vehicle driven by a Lebanese person? Will insurance be involved or will cash be handed over, and to whom?

Thumb Chupachups 07 February 2013, 10:36

Sour isn't that bad, I've been to the Christian quarter only :p

Default-user-icon min Sour (Guest) 06 February 2013, 21:00

well she didn't park too close the car was in the middle of the site check the photo in the link