Safeguarding Cultural Heritage in the Old City of Jerusalem


Project Summary

he project aims at the development, protection, conservation and restoration of Palestinian cultural heritage sites in the Old City of Jerusalem. The main activities include the rehabilitation of the Madrasa al-Kilaniya and relative housing units; rehabilitation of the Hammam al Ayn and Hammam al Shifa; and development of a business management plan and training in situ for maintenance and management of the revitalized sites. It will also enhance local capacities in conservation, rehabilitation and management of historic buildings and sites, as well as provide short and medium job opportunities to young professionals.

The project will also contribute towards raising awareness of the local community on the importance of the cultural heritage sites in the old city of East Jerusalem by providing them with restored public spaces. In addition, the project will improve the living conditions, hygiene standards and environmental conditions in the old city through the rehabilitation of some public spaces, and socio-economic conditions of old city residents by providing tourist services and adequate housing in buildings. 

Accomplishments and Progress

  • Business management plan completed.
  • Rehabilitation of the Madrasa al-Kilaniya and relative housing units Completed.
  • Rehabilitation works for the Hammam al Ayn and Hammam al Shifa completed.
  • Training by Al Quds University to the team managing the operations and maintenance of the facilities completed.


Geographic Coverage: East Jerusalem
Partners: Al Quds University, Islamic Waqf
Sustainable Development Goal/s: Sustainable Cities and Communities
Project Manager: Ivan Carmi, Programme Specialist
Contact: 00972-54-8174144,
Other Documents: Project Fact Sheet



Project start date:

June 2013

Estimated end date:

June 2018

Focus area:

  • basic services
  • Project office:

    UNDP in Prog for Palestinian People

    Implementing partner:

    United Nations Development Programme

    Funding Support by

    Donor name

  • United Nations Development Pro
  • European Commission
  • Amount contributed


    Delivery in previous fiscal year

    2020 -$6,233

    2019 $114,860

    2017 $757,142

    2016 $482,701

    2015 $732,958

    2014 $559,308

    2013 $281,990

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