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Preserving a unique example of Early Islamic art

Azraq, Jordan
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Qusayr ‘Amra, located 85 kilometers to the east of Amman, is a small residence discovered by the Czech traveler Alois Musil in 1898. It dates to the Umayyad period and for many years was thought to have been built during the reign of Caliph Walid I (705-715). (...)

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Following Qusayr ’Amra’s inclusion on the 2008 Watch, WMF coordinated with the Italian Istituto Superiore per la Conservazione ed il Restauro and the Department of Antiquities of Jordan to assess the site’s conditions and to implement a pilot project for the conservation of the building’s exterior and of its mural paintings. (...)

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This monument is one of four World Heritage sites in Jordan. Its mural paintings are an extraordinary and unparalleled example of early Islamic art, and a window into the life of a society in transition. The problems it faces are typical of many sites in the Middle East, especially as they concern maintenance issues, crowd control, and site presentation.

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US Grant Aimed at preserving Qusayr 'Amra’s Apodyterium
The Jordan Times, Thursday, October 24, 2013
Ancient Murals Reveal Secrets of Early Islamic Art
The Jordan Times, Sunday, April 29, 2012
A Worthy Restoration
Jordan, Thursday, March 3, 2011
World Monuments FundRe-discovering Qusayr ‘Amra: Conservation of an Early Islamic Site in Jordan
March, 2013

The eighth-century Umayyad residence Qusayr ‘Amra in Azraq, Jordan, features extraordinary and unique representations of Islamic art in its extensive interior mural paintings. Gaetano Palumbo and Giovanna de Palma present the significant interior and exterior conservation work that has been underway since 2008 through a collaboration between WMF, the Italian Istituto Superiore per la Conservazione ed il Restauro, and the Department of Antiquities of Jordan.