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Murals Rediscovered at Qusayr ‘Amra

The second season of conservation work at Qusayr ‘Amra Jordan wrapped up on November 30. The site, on the UNESCO World Heritage list, dates to the early eighth century and was a lodge and bath complex for an Umayyad caliph.


Qusayr ‘Amra, Jordan


The unique early Islamic murals on the interior are among the most important surviving from that period. This season saw the conservation of the exterior-including the repointing and consolidation of walls damaged by floods in 1994 and the dome and barrel vaults of the caldarium-as well as work to clean and stabilize the murals, many of which have been obscured for decades. 


The conservation of the early Islamic murals

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