In a move that is the first of its kind in the province of Karbala, the Al-Abbas's (p) Holy Shrine started the maintenance and restoration of an old house of Karbala heritage, to make it later a Museum that contains the ancient Karbala collectibles, as an expression of respect of history and the heritage because it is a source of pride and a sign of traditional identity that links between past and present.
Mr. Sadeq Lazem the Director of Museum department at that Al-Abbas's (p) Holy Shrine, which is the overseeing body on this heritage project, explained to the Al-Kafeel Network the nature and the goal of this project: "The city of Karbala is a very important city not only when considering its holy Islamic status, but also considering its rich heritage that makes its architectural identity, but unfortunately it is exploited randomly. Few archaeological and historical sites in the city are priceless treasures in the old city that are neglected and destroyed over the decades, especially during the last former regime that did not care about the history or the heritage of any of Iraqi cities."
He added:"The house in questions is built in 1941 on a total area of 106 m2 that a special committee from the Museum is supervising its maintenance after it conducted field examinations that helped it record the most important damages and shortcomings in the existing walls, floor and windows that are beautifully decorated with plaster, while the front of the house is made of mixture of wood, bricks, iron and plaster used to show the geometrical ornaments that have been implemented in a very well done coordination in order to cover a large area of the interface."
Then he concluded:"It is upon the completion of the damage assessment, a report will be given to the relevant authorities, in order to set up a plan for the restoration of the house to start its implementation."