03 October 2023

TİKA Equipped the historical Ali Pasha’s Palace Museum in Palestine

Turkish Cooperation and Coordination Agency (TİKA) provided equipment support to Ali Pasha’s Palace Museum in Gaza, Palestine.

The historical Ali Pasha’s Palace Museum is in the Old City region of Gaza. It contains a rich historical heritage. The palace was built in the 7th century, during the reign of Mamluk Sultan Baybars. It was used for different purposes during different periods. It stands out with the historical events which it witnessed.

This historical site was used as the Gaza Governor’s Residence during the Mamluks’ reign. During the Ottoman Empire’s reign, Pasha’s Palace was given various names such as Darussaade Palace and Rıdvan Palace, referring to the family.

Also, because Napoleon Bonaparte took residence here during the siege of Bilad al-Sham, it was given the name “Napoleon Castle”.

Ali Pasha’s Palace serves as the first State Museum in Gaza, exhibiting important artifacts that belong to thousands of years ago. In this museum, visitors can see valuable artifacts that belong to the Greek, Roman, Byzantine, and Islamic civilizations.

Within the scope of the project carried out by TİKA, exhibition showcases in various sizes and features were provided, enabling more historical and archeological artifacts to be exhibited.

Ali Pasha’s Palace Museum is being visited by more than 35,000 local tourists every year. This project helps protect common cultural heritage and enables more people to discover this historical abundance.

This historical palace of Gaza, as a rare example that represents Islamic architecture, carries the tradition of the past to modern times and presents its visitors with an unforgettable journey of history.

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