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Gaza's architectural heritage fades, but one man resists

Gaza City, Palestinian Territories

A SURPRISE awaits beyond a black door adorned with a silver lotus flower at the end of a tangle of alleyways in Gaza's chaotic Old City.

Through it and behind imposing stone walls sits a small, Levantine-style palace, some 430 years old and recently painstakingly restored. It is among the rare vestiges of Gaza City's architectural heritage, battered by war, time, population pressure and simple indifference.

The palace that had been missing part of its roof and located in what had been the Old City's Christian quarter was rescued by a 46-year-old university professor. Less than a year ago, the professor, Atef Salama, decided to take action. His wife Kawtar said...

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