Le Qânat byzantin de AinTaybeh Monastery Saint James the Mutilated
Syria – Qara - Le Qânat byzantin de AinTaybeh
Monastery Saint James the Mutilated, Le Maison d’Antioche Institute
Partner 6 – MAR YACOUB
The Monastery of St. James the Mutilated was undergoing serious degradation. It is provided with a traditional water system dating back to the Bizantine times, this was and still is the water gathering and distribution of the monastery and its fields and gardens.
In year 2000 the underground tunnels, the foggara, started to dry up. A lot of work has been done to restore them, there is a need to develop and restore the ancient structures to preserve the traditional techniques. There is also a need to disseminate in the local communitites the knowledge of their importance and value.
Thanks to the restoration of the water supplying systems it will be possible for the monastery to implement its project of developing medicinal crops in the fields, these types of plants need little water and maintenance.
The future project is also to restore the entire oasis of Qara and to transform iti nto an ecological village.
We need to preserve the traditional techniques in order to preserve the memory of the past and set the bases for the future.
In year 2000 the qanat starts to dry up