Archaeology: recovery complete at ancient city of Tyre

In Lebanon. Italian blue helmets of UNIFIL mission at work

05 January, 11:40

    (ANSAmed) - ROME, JANUARY 5 - A new recovery and revitalisation project at the ancient city of Tyre, in southern Lebanon, has been completed by Italian blue helmets from the United Nations Interim Force in Lebanon (UNIFIL) mission, said UNIFIL in a statement. The work concerned maintenance of the lighting system and the building of a perimeter fence around the Al-Mina zone, one of the three areas of inestimable archaeological interest situated in the southwestern part of the eponymous Phoenician city. The area contains ruins from the Greek, Byzantine and Roman epochs as well as a long and imposing colonnaded road paved with mosaics leading to the ancient Egyptian port, an arena, and a vast thermal baths complex. The project, financed with funds from the Italian defence ministry, is part of civil-military cooperation projects contained in a plan for protecting, preserving, and enhancing the archaeological heritage of Tyre, a UNESCO World Heritage Centre.

    It was carried out by the blue helmets of the Italian contingent of UNIFIL in close coordination with local authorities, and employed local labour. Present at the inauguration ceremony, among others, were Hassan Dbouk, mayor and president of the Union of Municipalities of Tyre; and Brigadier General Andrea Di Stasio, commander of the Italian contingent in Lebanon.(ANSAmed). (ANSA).

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