Three Ibadi underground mosques restored in partnership with Swiss Contact
15/12/2019 16:09, TUNIS/Tunisia

(TAP) - The Association for the Safeguarding of the Island of Djerba (ASSIDJE) organised Saturday a media tour of three religious monuments on the island, restored as part of a Tunisian-Swiss partnership project.

The tour covered the underground ibadi-style mosques of Sadwikis, El Berdaoui in Mezrane and Sidi Yati in Guellala, which have been restored by this association, which is endeavouring to safeguard and promote the island's heritage. This work was carried out under the supervision of the National Heritage Institute (INP) with Swiss funding.

This is the first stage of the restoration and development work in anticipation of new work to be carried out at other sites on the island, in partnership with Swiss Contact.

ASSIDJE President Mehdi Louati pointed out the architectural particularity of these underground mosques which, he said, have regained their former charm after having been subject to the vagaries of the climate and weather, without sparing human violations.

The representative of Swiss Contact Tunisia mentioned a project that is part of a large programme dedicated to cultural tourism in the south covering the Mount Dhaher area, which has began years ago and will continue for another four and a half years.

He mentioned several partners operating in the tourism sector who are involved in the establishment of a Tunisian-Swiss partnership project to promote a unique historical heritage so that it can be integrated into the tourist circuit. The ultimate goal is to make the island a destination for cultural tourism that will complement the traditional tourist product on the island," the Swiss partner indicated.

He spoke about the ongoing preparations for the dissemination of a guide to historic monuments and sites, announcing that this guide will be ready in 2020 in both paper and web versions through the creation of a website on Djerba, specially dedicated to this component for the promotion of the island, as a labelled destination in the Mediterranean region.

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