Tuesday, August 02, 2016

The crumbling (traditional) Tomb of Nahum

HISTORIC ARCHITECTURE: Kurdistan official launches appeal to save Jewish tomb. The ancient tomb of the Prophet Nahum will crumble if preservation efforts are not made soon (Tamara Zieve, Jerusalem Post).
The tomb lies inside a synagogue in the Christian town of Al Qosh, whose doors are guarded by a Christian family who reportedly promised the town’s long-departed rabbi to safeguard it.

Mamsani warns that it could be just a matter of days before the ancient tomb crumbles to its ruin. He says he has been holding urgent meetings with the ministries of tourism, culture and religious affairs to ask for help in preserving the historical site.

He has also appealed to UNESCO and told The Jerusalem Post he has a meeting scheduled with a representative in Erbil in the coming days.

Past posts on the (traditional) Tomb of Nahum in Al Qosh are here, here, here, here, here, and here. It doesn't sound as though the earlier reported plans to renovate the building came to anything. I hope that this appeal is more successful.