Conservation of Architectural Heritage (CAH) 4th Edition
Conservation of Architectural Heritage (CAH) 4th Edition

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  • 31, Jan / 02, Feb 2020
  • Aswan - Luxor, Egypt
Conference Email
cah@ierek-scholar.org
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Introduction

Conservation of architectural heritage is the process of restoring, conserving and managing changes of a heritage in a manner that sustains and enhances its significance, when possible. Conserving and keeping the architectural elements means maintaining; hence, increasing the buildings' values. Considering this, when restoration is possible it is favored to restore the buildings rather than replacing them.

Fundamentally, heritage represents the past history and culture of a nation, where the conservation of architectural heritage plays a vital role in defining the landmark within the area of heritage as well as generating economic return and supporting the tourism industry. It also provides a sense of identity and continuity in a fast changing world for future generations.

Preserving the architectural heritage provides concrete benefits to property owners, businesses owners and to the community as a whole because re-using existing fabric means requiring fewer materials from outside and more labor-intensive work by local trades. It also increases property value for both the restored buildings and surrounding properties. Additionally, conservation of the architectural heritage uses less than half of the energy used in the construction of new buildings whilst reducing the construction waste.

In this regard, IEREK organizes the 4th international conference on Conservation of Architectural Heritage (CAH), which will take held on a Nile cruise sailing from Aswan to Luxor, in order to discuss its influence on the characteristics of the environment and an area's sense of place. It also seeks to increase awareness about the value of conserving the architectural heritage and saving what is left of history.

The conference aims to discuss the potential of architectural heritage conservation in acting as a catalyst for regeneration in areas like tourism and economic development, which in turn helps businesses attract customers. It also discusses the stimulus it can produce in order to inspire new development of imaginative and high-quality design.

It will definitely be a great opportunity for planners, engineers and environmentalists to work together and help conserve the architecture and heritage of a city. On the other hand, they can discuss the challenges that can be faced during the process of conserving the architectural heritage. It will also help provide them with the chance to transfer the importance of heritage preservation to the individuals, communities, and different cities around the world.

Selected papers of the conference will be published in a book series under the title of Advances in Science, Technology, & Innovation (ASTI) by Springer.

Others will be published in the Resourceedings journal by IEREK Press.

Conference Topics
  • 1. Identification of Architectural Heritage Conservation

    1.1 History of Architectural Conservation

    1.2 Utopian and Sacred Architecture

    1.3 Nomad's Architecture and Desert Communities

    1.4 Governance, Partnerships, and Communities of Practice

    1.5 Awareness of Heritage Rehabilitation Projects

  • 2. Importance of Architectural Heritage Conservation

    2.1 Understanding the Significance of Cultural Heritage Conservation

    2.2 Ways to Conserve the Architectural Heritage

    2.3 Conserving the City's Tradition and Identity through the Protection of the Architectural Heritage

    2.4 Effects of Architectural Heritage Conservation on Tourism Development and Urban Preservation

    2.5 Socio-economics Impact and Environmental Benefits of Heritage Conservation

  • 3. Architectural Heritage Conservation Techniques

    3.1 Protecting Architecture Ethnic Groups

    3.2 Conservation of Cultural Memories through Interior Designs

    3.3 Principles of Conservation of Archaeological Sites

    3.4 Conservation and Development of Heritage Landscape Planning

    3.5 Ecosystem Management and Conservation Strategies

  • 4. Management and Conservation of Architectural Heritage

    4.1 Impact of Conservation of Architectural Heritage on the Environmental Protection

    4.2 Materials Used in the Protection of the Heritage Sites

    4.3 Challenges of Conserving the Architectural Heritage

    4.4 Transshipping of Cultural Heritage and Identities to the Future Generations

    4.5 Best Practices in Assessment, Designating, and Managing World Heritage

  • 5. Advancing technologies and innovation to conserve the architectural heritage

    5.1 Mapping Archeological Sites Using Geographic information System (GIS)

    5.2 Using Remote Sensing to Monitor the Changes within Heritage Sites

    5.3 Using ultra-sounds and other rays in treatments of buildings and in the process of rehabilitation

    5.4 New materials and methods of treatments for cracks

    5.5 International case studies using technologies in conserving heritage buildings and sites

Benefits Of Attending

Attending conferences is very beneficial on the professional level Conferences are full of people promoting new ideas which will expand your knowledge and undoubtedly help your career.

You not only get to hear presentations but also converse with other researchers from different universities and even countries you may have only heard or read about.You learn from experts in the field. It is a great opportunity to find more about your field and listen to ideas that could help inspire research ideas of your own.

Not to mention, you will get an overview of the place or city where the conference is being held and learn about its people and culture.

Conferences also can expand your resources by providing a great opportunity to promote gathered information on new technologies related to your research. Moreover, they let you test them out, share teaching tools and techniques, or even obtain samples of textbooks.

It is an opportunity to engage with respectable professors and discuss with them the very latest research projects they could be working on. Delegates will have the choice of receiving the conference proceedings as either a hard copy book or in digital format on a USB flash drive. The USB flash drive will additionally contain proceedings from previous conferences in this series.

Indexing and Archiving Papers presented at IEREK conferences regularly appear in notable reviews, publications, and databases, including referencing and abstract.

Participation Procedures

Once an abstract is submitted, it will be sent to the reviewers' committee to go through the revision process:

Elementary Review:

Once an abstract has been submitted to our website, it is assigned for review by the reviewers using the abstract review sheet and validation of publication. This is based on four criteria:

· Accepted for publication (with minor editing changes).

· Conditionally accepted for publication (with revisions provided to authors).

· Rejected but encouraged for re-submission with major modifications.

· Rejected as inappropriate or unworthy of publication in this certain conference.

The criteria for accepting abstracts for the conference are as follows; a relevant topic of the conference should be proposed with clear writing, aims, and objectives of the study clearly presented as well as a sound literature and methodology of work.

First Acceptance:

Authors will receive a notification message to know the feedback of the reviewers' committee. If an author receives the acceptance of his or her abstract, he or she has to continue writing the full-length paper using the requested templates.

Uploading Full-Length Paper:

Authors who are allowed to upload their full-length paper(s) should use the same account details to upload their full paper(s).

Second Acceptance:

The final paper will proceed to the primary revision to be checked if it meets the conference proceedings standards. Once it gets accepted, the author will be informed to pay the fees so that it could be sent for the final revision by the scientific committee.

Payment:

In this step, and to proceed paper(s) that passed to final revision process and to get the final approval, authors have to pay the requested fees. Otherwise, the final revision process will not be considered for their papers.

Inspections and Final Approval of Full Papers:

The full papers that paid the requested fees will get finally inspected, either scientifically or linguistically. There will be a rigorous review process of full papers following the previous process according to the following criteria:

(1) Is the topic relevant to the conference?
(2) Are the writing and structure clear?
(3) Are graphics, photos, illustrations used where needed?
(4) Are the aims of the study clearly stated?
(5) Are the objectives of the study achieved?
(6) Is the literature review relevant and adequate?
(7) Has the author used the appropriate methodology and explained them clearly?
(8) Has the author interpreted the findings correctly?
(9) Is the paper a significant contribution to the field?

These are the registration and revision procedures for publication that all authors should follow.

Program
DAY 1 31 Jan 2020
08:00—9:30 Arrival and Registration
09:30—11:30 Opening session
11:30—12:00 Coffee Break
12:00—12:30 KEYNOTE 1
12:30—13:00 KEYNOTE 2
13:00—13:30 KEYNOTE 3
13:30—14:00 KEYNOTE 4
14:00—14:30 KEYNOTE 5
14:30—15:15 Lunch
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20:00—23:00 Gala Dinner
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12:40—13:30 Chairman Word
12:40—13:30 Closing Ceremony
Publications

All accepted papers of the fourth Conservation of Architectural Heritage (4th CAH) after the peer-review process will be either published as chapters in the Book Series “Advances in Science, Technology and Innovation” (ASTI) by Springer or in The International Journal of Proceedings of Science and Technology (Resourceedings) online by IEREK Press.

To publish your research in the online Journal or Book by 'Springer' and provide it with world-wide visibility, authors must submit an extended version of their short papers that are 10 -12 pages long.

The ASTI Book Series by Springer is by highly professional members of an International Editorial Board to ensure a high-quality publication material to be eventually published online and printable.

The ASTI Book Series will be submitted for indexation in Web of Science (ISI), EI-Compendex, and Scopus databases. 


        

Note that only authors of accepted papers who will register before the deadline of 02 November 2019 will be allowed to present during the conference sessions (see Important Dates and Conference Fees). The Previous proceedings of the 2nd Conference Conservation of Architectural Heritage (2nd CAH) are published in the ASTI book titled "Conservation of Architectural Heritage", and the 3rd Conference (3rd CAH) are in the process of production and will be published in the ASTI book titledCities' Identity Through Architecture and Arts” in 2020. As for the rest of the proceedings they are published online in the international journal of Proceedings of Science and Technology (Resourceedings).

If you are not sure whether you or one of your co-authors will be able to attend the conference, you should bear in mind that there is a fee to be paid for Audiences (Co-authors, Learners, and Interests). The accepted paper will not be included in the conference proceedings without paying the fee (see Conference Fees for more details). A research paper fee allows only one author, whether main or co-author, to attend the conference and receive only one copy of the conference proceedings book in both hard and soft copies. Extras can be requested for a fee shown below.

The proceedings of the Conservation of Architectural Heritage (4th CAH) will consist of 5 sections (or Parts), each edited by the following group of Chief Editors:

Federica Rosso

Professor at Sapienza University of Rome, Italy

Mahmoud Yousef M. Ghoneem,

Associate Professor at Helwan University, Egypt

Nicola Cavalagli,

Professor at Universita degli Studi di Perugia, Italy

Nabil Mohareb,

Professor at Beirut Arab University, Lebanon

Chaham Alalouch,

Professor at Sultan Qaboos University, Oman

Dean Hawkes,

Professor at Cardiff University, UK

Hocine Bougdah,

Professor at University for the Creative Arts, UK

Refund Policy

Please note that we will endeavor to assist you in obtaining a visa if needed, by sending an invitation letter, but the responsibility is yours and the decision rests solely with the appropriate Embassy.

Delegates in any event who cancel their registration due to special circumstances for any reason will receive refunds according to the following plan and according to the number of days from the start of the event:

Cancellation Policy Up to 60 days before the event Up to 50 days before the event Up to 40 days before the event 39 days before the event
Penalty 20% 50% 70% 100%

EXCEPTION

A refund is not possible if

-An acceptance letter has been issued (Authors only)

-The proceedings of the event have been published (Authors only)

-All matters have been finalized (accommodation/travel expenses paid for)

Visa Rejection Cases

Reason and proof of rejection must be submitted. If the reason for rejection is due to an error on our part, the participant will be refunded their full fee with a deduction of a 20% administration fee.

Documents to be issued by IEREK to acquire a visa are as follows:

*Final Acceptance Letter (Authors only)

*Visa Invitation Letter

*Invoice/proof of payment

We encourage all authors and attendees to ensure their having acquired all documents (those applicable) mentioned.

If the reason for rejection is not related to any of the aforementioned and is an error on the participant’s part, the following will apply:

*Authors: may choose to let their co-author present his/her research on his/her behalf free of charge. If the author does not have a co-author, a member of the scientific committee shall present on the author’s behalf.

*Audience members/Registrants: will only be allowed to attend another similar event of their choosing that is organized by IEREK free of charge.

Conference Fees

– Instructions

– IEREK is happy to invite students from everywhere to register for and attend as an audience in the Conservation of Architectural Heritage Conference For FREE (accommodation fees are not included ) only until the 30th of November, 2019. This is an opportunity to learn from and enjoy the conference through the process of learning new experiences and knowledge.

– This is your chance to not only get to see some of the world’s and Egypt’s most famous antiquities and archaeological sites but also to meet respectable and famous academics in their fields. Kindly note that this offer does not include accommodation.

Register now for accommodation!

– CANCELLATIONS/REFUNDS

– Delegates who cancel their registration due to special circumstances than 60 days before the start of the conference and do not have a paper published in the proceedings will receive a complete refund minus the list price of the conference book and a $100 administration charge. Fees remain payable in full for cancellations received within 60 days of the start of the conference.

– Please notice that we will endeavor to assist you in obtaining a visa but the responsibility is yours and the decision rests solely with the appropriate Embassy. 

Fees (Non-Egyptians) Short Papers

Author fees for Early Payment           |    22nd September 2019 

USD 250
Author fees for Regular Payment      |    21st October 2019 USD 300

Author fees for Late Payment            |    21st November 2019

USD 400
Fees (Non-Egyptians) Long Paper 

Author fees for Early Payment           |    22nd September 2019 

USD 400

Author fees for Regular Payment      |    21st October 2019

USD 500

Author fees for Late Payment            |    21st November 2019

USD 600

Fees for Audiences,

USD 250
Fees (Egyptians) 

Author fees with special discount for Early Payment 

EGP 3300

Author fees for Regular Payment 

EGP 3800

Author fees for Late Payment

EGP 4800

Fees for Audiences, (Learners, Interests) 

EGP 1500  
Author's Instructions

Short Papers

To download the writing template for a Short paper,Click here 
Extended Papers 
 
- Abstracts should clearly state the purpose, results, and conclusions of the work to be described in the final paper.

- After you have received the acceptance of your abstract, please continue to write your full paper with the requested template (please download from the link provided below).

Note:

Final acceptance will be based on the full-length paper. For publication, the accepted papers must be presented at the conference.

Writing Templates: Authors are strongly encouraged to use the formatting style described below for submitting an abstract as this format is required for the full paper.

- English will be the official language.


To download the writing template for a full-length paper,Click here

Abstract and full paper submission instructions,Click here

Conference Location

Aswan City, Aswan Governorate, Egypt

Important Dates
Title Date
Abstract Submissions Deadline 04 Aug 2019
Last Notification for Abstract Acceptance 03 Sep 2019
Full Paper Submission Deadline 02 Nov 2019
Last Notification for Full-Paper Acceptance 02 Dec 2019
Early Payment Deadline 02 Nov 2019
Regular Payment Deadline 02 Dec 2019
Late Payment Deadline 01 Jan 2020
Letter of Visa (for delegates who need visa entry) 02 Dec 2019
Letter of Final Acceptance 02 Dec 2019
Conference Program 01 Jan 2020
Conference Launch 31 Jan 2020
Visa Application

For participants who need Entry Visas, IEREK will issue a visa letter for applicants who are accepted to present at our conferences.

Please notice that we will endeavor to assist you in obtaining a visa but the responsibility is yours and the decision rests solely with the appropriate Embassy.

Accommodation

The conference will be held in the River Nile cruiser "Grand Princess" from Aswan to Luxor. A nonstop 3 days cruise will cover the most important heritage and cultural sites in the world. All of the visits to the spots and sites include free pickups and drop offs from and to the cruise boat. Spending your time in Egypt in the river cruise will let you enjoy seeing the most exciting, pleasant and historic places, and having the most competitive prices and fees of the accommodation.

It will also grant you a luxurious 5-star experience and services.The accommodation covers the sightseeing fees, all meals as per itinerary, and the transportation from Luxor airport to the cruise boat and from the city to Aswan airport as well.

Find below shots from the Nile cruiser along with the outstanding services:

إنه من المقرر إنعقاد هذ الحدث العلمي العظيم على ظهر واحدة من أرقى البواخر النيلية مع توفير إقامة فندقية على متن الباخرة، وتستمر هذه الرحلة النيلية الخلابة لمدة ثلاثة أيام نزور فيها أعرق وأهم المواقع الأثرية والثقافية في العالم. جميع هذه الزيارات والإنتقالات من وإلى الباخرة النيلية مجاناً

إن قضاء رحلة نيلية كهذه لسوف يحقق لك الفائدة على المستوى الثقافي والترفيهي من خلال زيارة مثل هذه الأماكن التاريخية العريقة بأقل التكاليف التنافسية وأعلى جودة خدمة

:الخدمات تشمل

خدمة فندقية 5 نجوم على أعلى مستوى -

تكاليف التسكين والانتقالات من مطار أسوان إلى الباخرة ومن المدينة إلى مطار الأقصر -

3 وجبات أساسية: الإفطار، الغداء والعشاء -

:شاهد بالأسفل صور من الفندق العائم والخدمات المتميزة المتاحة

  

  

  

  

  

Book Your Accommodation Now

Kindly, note that the number of single rooms available is very limited.

The policy of “First Paid, First Served” will be followed!

Fees for Non-Egyptians

Before the 2nd of December

3 Nights for single occupancy in a Double Room $380
3 Nights Single Room $560

After the 2nd of December

3 Nights for single occupancy in a Double Room $420
3 Nights Single Room $600
Fees for Egyptians

Before the 2nd of December

3 Nights for single occupancy in a Double Room EGP 4800
3 Nights Single Room EGP 6600

After the 2nd of December

3 Nights for single occupancy in a Double Room EGP 5800
3 Nights Single Room EGP 7600

Note: Upgrading from a double room to a single room is only possible if you pay the price difference.

Travel Information

The conference will be on the Nile cruiser starting from the city of Aswan up to Luxor, which will take 3 days to get there.

For participants of the conference from outside of Egypt. Upon arrival at the Cairo International Airport, you must travel to the city of Aswan by domestic flights, the duration of the trip will be about 1:15 hours . there will be a plane scheduled to depart almost every hour to arrive at Aswan.
Upon arrival at the airport in Aswan, you must rent a taxi to the Embarkation of the Nile Cruise. Taxi costs about 2 euros, and will arrive within 20 minutes.
 
If you prefer to travel by train: You have to go to the railway station by Taxi and it’s about 19 km from the airport in Cairo, and then travel by sleeping accommodation train to the city of Aswan and the trip will take 9 to 10 hours, and the cost of the trip is about 50 euros.
 
If you choose to travel by bus, you must also go to down town and you can find the bus station booking booth near the railway station, its about 20 km from the airport in Cairo.
 

 

The journey to the city of Aswan by bus will take about 8 to 9 hours, and the cost of the trip is about 10 euros one way ticket only to the city of Aswan, after you reach the end of the bus station, you must rent a taxi to  Embarkation of Nile cruise, the cost of a taxi about 2 euros, and will arrive within 20 minute.
As for the participants in the conference from Egypt, if you’re a resident in Cairo, you’ll need to travel by bus or by sleeping accommodation train or the Spanish train, and if you are from outside the city of Cairo, you must travel by bus or by Express train via Cairo then you can change the train and complete your trip by sleeping accommodation train.
 
Places To Visit

The most things to do in Aswan – Egypt

Aswan is still and will always be a must-see tourist destination in Egypt, famous for its beautiful scenery along the Nile and the Nubian culture that is still a strong influence in southern Egypt. In spite of the concentration of tourists in Luxor around its many pharaonic monuments, Aswan provides a much more relaxed experience. It is the smallest of Egypt’s major touristic cities, but it also bears the distinctive mark of the more relaxed Nubian culture. People interested in pharaonic history can’t pass up Aswan because of the impressive places like Philae TempleAswan High Dam, Abu Simbel Temples and the Nubian Village. Here are some of the most incredible things you can do in Aswan:

  1. Learn about traditions, culture and clothing tips through visiting the Nubian Village

The Nubians people are very friendly and hospitable. They often invite guests into their houses to have a cup of the traditional drink “Karkade”. The houses are painted with bright colors, with floors made of sand and some of the rooms have no roofs. Aswan is one of the driest places in the world so there is no need for protection against rain. Traditional crafts are often displayed, such as the unique “Shamsi” bread with a homegrown baking technique. You can visit Aswan’s Souq which is a colorful bazaar and is known as the cheapest place to buy souvenirs in Aswan. The bazaar has various Egyptian and African goods such as perfumes, peanuts, henna powder, spices and dried hibiscus flowers “Karkade”. There are also T-shirts and custom made Ancient Egyptian styled souvenirs. In side alleys, you can find traders selling Nubian artifacts such as skullcaps, talismans, baskets, Sudanese swords, carpets, and stuffed animals like crocodiles.

In Aswan, you will have the opportunity to not only eat delicious home cooked Nubian food, but you will also learn the culture and history of its residents. They have to move away from some of their old village because they were located nearby the Cornishe of Elephantine Island. Nubians used to live in the valley of the Nile south of Aswan, but in 1960, the High Dam construction caused flooding for many Nubian villages, so the Nubian had to relocate in Gharb Aswan near the Tomb of the Nobles.

  • Explore the Ancient Temple of Philae, where the Egyptian God Horus is revered

The Philae Temple has an equally enchanting location, downstream of the Aswan Dam and Lake Nasser and mentioned by multiple ancient writers in their works. The island temple contains multiple ruins and rocks, inscribed with the names and titles of Amenhotep III, Ramesses II, Psamtik II, Apries, and Amasis II, together with memorials of the later Macedonian and Roman rulers of Egypt. It magnificently is a crossroad of the different eras in Egypt’s cultural and religious history.

Upon entrance, the First Pylon leads into the main temple area, where you can admire the huge relief depicting the Egyptian king Dionysos grasping a band of enemies by the hair and raising his club to smite them, with Gods Isis and Hathor on the left. A grand sight to witness indeed. One more interesting thing to note would be Napoleon’s inscription on the central doorway, commemorating his campaign in 1799. Within the main courtyard, make sure to check out the Birth House, where epic scenes from the childhood of Horus, including Horus as a falcon and Isis suckling Horus in the swamps, are inscribed. The entire Philae Temple contains endless ancient wonders and sculptures, not only limited to Ancient Egypt but also its Greco, Macedonian and even French links. The temple is an awe-inspiring sight to see, and cannot be missed!

Do visit the museum located on the island, where a mummified Ram of Khnum, one of Egypt’s earliest deities, is displayed. Artifacts dating back to pre-dynastic times have also been found on Elephantine and are showcased in the museum. Furthermore, the entire island is like an extended live museum in itself. The oldest ruins still standing on the island are a granite step pyramid from the third dynasty and a small shrine, built for the local sixth-dynasty monarch, Hekayib. A rare calendar, known as the Elephantine Calendar, and one of the oldest nilometers in Egypt, last reconstructed in Roman times, is also located on the island.

  • Visit the Elephantine Island in the middle of the Nile which has multiple ruins and temples to discover

The Elephantine is the largest island in the Aswan archipelago. Located opposite the Corniche, the island derived its name from historic ivory trading. In Ancient Egyptian times, the island had a fort that stood at Egypt’s southern border with Nubia, making it an excellent defensive site for a city and a natural cargo transfer point for river trade. Elephantine was also an important stone quarry, providing granite materials that is transported widely within Egypt to be used in monuments and buildings. With such rich historical significance, the island is a must-visit for Ancient Egypt enthusiasts!

Do visit the museum located on the island, where a mummified Ram of Khnum, one of Egypt’s earliest deities, is displayed. Artifacts dating back to pre-dynastic times have also been found on Elephantine and are showcased in the museum. Furthermore, the entire island is like an extended live museum in itself. The oldest ruins still standing on the island are a granite step pyramid from the third dynasty and a small shrine, built for the local sixth-dynasty monarch, Hekayib. A rare calendar, known as the Elephantine Calendar, and one of the oldest nilometers in Egypt, last reconstructed in Roman times, is also located on the island.

 

The museum itself is also a work of art. Its architecture reflects the traditional character of the Nubian architecture, thereby winning the Agha-Khan Award of Architecture in 2001. You can also visit the beautiful garden in the museum, where there are waterfalls, palm trees, flowers, and climbing bushes, spread around natural rocks. There is also an amphitheatre for local and international music and dance performances.

  • Learn about Nubian history at one of Egypt’s best museums “Nubian Museum”

The locale of Aswan originally belonged not to Ancient Egypt (before it was conquered), but to a kingdom known as Nubia or the “Land of Gold” in ancient times. The Nubian kingdom was located south of Ancient Egypt and as one of the indigenous peoples of the region, it had a rich history.

To preserve this crucial and ancient heritage, after the construction of Aswan’s High Dam, the Egyptian government appealed to the UNESCO, kick starting an immense international plan to excavate and record hundreds of sites. These precious materials were thereby preserved and showcased in a museum in Aswan to exhibit the unique Nubian heritage. Multiple temples on the island such as the ones at Abu Simbel and Philae were also disassembled and reconstructed on higher grounds.

Construction of the museum is a work of art. Its architecture reflects the traditional character of the Nubian architecture, thereby winning the Agha-Khan Award of Architecture in 2001. You can also visit the beautiful garden in the museum, where there are waterfalls, palm trees, flowers, and climbing bushes, spread around natural rocks. There is also an amphitheatre for local and international music and dance performances.

 

Thereby, the Aswan High Dam possesses extremely significant historical, political and environmental connotations, making it one of the most visited sites for those who come to Aswan. It has reshaped the city and up till today, plays an important role in the development of Egypt’s hydro-electricity sector and agriculture.

  • Make a trip to the Aswan High Dam, one of the most controversial projects in recent history

The creation of the Aswan High Dam and its counterpart, the man-made Lake Nasser, was a project that received much debate. Culturally, it destroyed many traditional Nubian villages and temples, while multiple artifacts were disturbed and had to be relocated, Temple of Abu Simbel was one of many.

Environmentally, the annual flood of the Nile which provided extremely fertile soil for farmers downstream which the dam stopped. This resulted in the need for fertilizers to grow crops, which the expense damaged the livelihoods of farmers. This controversy was intensified with construction of the dam being aided by the Soviets in the Cold War, where Nasser was trying to champion Arab nationalism in opposition to American influence in the region.

Thereby, the Aswan High Dam possesses extremely significant historical, political and environmental connotations, making it one of the most visited sites for those who come to Aswan. It has reshaped the city and up till today, plays an important role in the development of Egypt’s hydro-electricity sector and agriculture.

  • Prepare to be blown away by the magnificence of Abu Simbel Temples

These temples are one of the world’s most incredible monuments, and Egypt’s second most visited touristic site, the Pyramids of Giza being on the top of the list. The temples were relocated in the 1960s and that was a historic event. At that time, the temples were threatened by submersion in Lake Nasser when the High Dam was constructed. Relocation of the Temples  was successful and they were dismantled to a spot above the cliff where they had been built. The more famous of the two temples is dedicated to Ramses II and the smaller one to his favorite wife Nefertari. The Temples were built by Ramses II in the 13th century BC. The huge facade of Ramses II temple represents four colossal seated figures of Ramses. The facade is 119 feet wide, 100 feet wide and each statue is 67 feet high. Door of the facade leads to the interior of the temple which is a 185 feet long man-made rock cave leading to a series of halls and rooms. The most interesting feature about the Temple of Abu-Simbel is the oriented construction. The magical thing about the temples is that twice a year, the morning sun rays shine through the length of the inner temple cave and light up the statues of the four Gods at the end of the cave.

 

Places to visit in Luxor – Egypt

Luxor stands head-and-shoulders above Egypt's other towns for its sheer wealth of temples and tombs. This was the site of ancient Thebes, the great city of the Middle Kingdom and New Kingdom pharaohs, who covered the banks of the Nile with their mammoth building works and began the vast tomb structures snugly hidden amid the rocky valley of the West Bank.

1. Temple of Karnak

Of all Luxor's many monuments, the Temple Complex of Karnak has to be its most astonishing and beautiful feat. Within its precincts are the Great Temple of Amun, the Temple of Khons, and the Festival Temple of Tuthmosis III, as well as many other buildings.

2. Valley of the Kings

Since it was believed that the dead man, accompanied by the sun god (or perhaps having become one with the sun god) sailed through the underworld at night in a boat, the walls of the tombs were adorned with texts and scenes depicting this voyage and giving the dead man instruction on its course.

3. Temple of Deir al-Bahri (Queen Hatshepsut's Temple)

The temple complex is laid out on three terraces rising from the plain, linked by ramps, which divide it into a northern and a southern half. Along the west side of each terrace is a raised colonnade.

4. Hot Air Balloon Ride over Luxor at Sunrise

Take a hot air balloon ride, the town's most popular activity, with balloons all taking off just after sunrise. This is also a great time for horse riding on the west bank with a couple of quality stables offering horse riding tours.

 

By joining  us at the 4th conference on “Conservation of Architectural Heritage (CAH)”, you can visit all of these magical places and museums. CAH will be held on a Nile cruise sailing from Aswan to Luxor, Egypt from the 31st Jan to 2nd Feb 2020.

For registeration and any inquiries please check this link: https://www.ierek.com/events/cah4th#introduction

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Luxor – The ancient Thebes

luxor city is known to be the greatest open-air museum in the world. It’s on the site of ancient Thebas, “ the Pharaohs” capital at the hight of their power on 16th century BC. The city lies between the east and west banks of the River which is crosssed daily by tourists and locals with Felucca boats and Ferries.

No place in the world compares to the grandeur and scale of the monuments which have survived from ancient Thebes (Luxor). The city is famous with many ancient monuments which can’t be missed. These sites are either located in the east bank of the Nile river like Luxor temple and Karnak Tample, or in the west bank like Tomb of the Nobles, The Valley of Kings and The Valley of Queens. The two grand temples of Luxor are the Luxor and Karnak Temples linked by the Avenue of Sphinx which has been recently renovated.

  • Luxor Temple

The Temple sits in the heart of Luxor in the east bank of the Nile River. It was built by the pharoah, Amenhotep III (1390-1352 BC). The walls are decorated with some of the finest carvings in Egypt and protected beacause much of the temple was buried until 1885.

The temple would have been surrounded in ancient times by warrens of mud-brick houses, shops and workshops but now lie under the modern town. In 1885, excavation works began which have cleared away the village and debris of centuries to uncover what we can see of the temple today. In front of the temple is the beginning of the Avenue of Sphinxes which ran all the way to the temples of Karnak (3 km to the north) and is now almost entirely uncovered.

The location of the temple makes it a very easy site to visit even when it’s not open to visitors, the temple is visible during a stroll down the Nile cornishe or through downtown Luxor.

  • Karnak Temple

The Karnak Temple, located on the east bank of the nile river, is an extraordinary complex of sanctuaries, pylons and obelisks dedicated to the Theban triad but also to the greater glory of pharaohs.

Its site covers more than 2 Km2 which is large enough to contain about 10 cathedrals. Contsruction of the Temple started around 4,000 years ago and continued up until around 2,000 years ago when the Romans took control of Egypt. Each Egyptian ruler made their own mark in the architectural work of the temple. The Karnak Temple was the most important place to worship in Egypt during the time of the New Kingdom. In the heart of the temple is the temple of Amun-Ra, the earthly ‘home’ of the local god. This main structure surrounded by the houses of Amun’s wife, Mut, and their son, Khonsu.

Chemical degradation associated with the intensification of agricultural irrigation and the rising water table over the last centurey, caused many conservation problems and accelerated damage to the stones, foundations and columns that have remained in place since ancient Egypt. This type of detoriation brings heavy losses to the historical record because many of the surfaces contain one of a kind carvings and hieroglyphs which are being actively threatened in the sense of the integrity of the site and compromising researchers’ abilities to understand the meaning of these decorative elements.

  • Tombs of the Nobles

These tombs are some of the best visited attractions on the west bank of the

Nile River. It’s located between the Ramesseum and Hatshepsut’s Temple. The Nobles believed in the instant afterlife so they decorated the Tombs with cryptic passages from the Book of the Dead to guide them through the afterlife and made wonderful decorations with detailed scenes of their daily lives. Although there have been several discoveries on the hillside in recent years, these tombs are still being studied. They are divided into groups which are open to the public like the Tombs of Khonsu, Userhet and Benia, The Tombs of Menna, Nakht and Amenenope, The Tombs of Neferronpet, Dhutmosi and Nefersekheru.

  • Temple of Hatshepsut – Deir el-Bahri

There is no rival to Hatshepsut’s Temples. The unique multi-tiered structure is nestled up against the limestone cliffs at the shoulder of the river valley, a truly stunning sight. The site was used as a monastery during the early centuries which has experienced deterioration and has required to be heavely restored.

In the history of ancient Egypt, Hatshepsut was the only female pharaoh. After the death of her father she came to power during the age of the New Kingdom. Hatshepsut’s status as the only female to rule egypt in not the only reason for her fame but she was also a very successful pharaoh. She ruled over an era of peace, prosperity and expanded lucrative trade routes. This accomplishment is immortalized in the carvings of her temple. She also contributed significantly to many temples such as Karnak Tample. Until the mid-19th century C.E., Hatshepsut’s name remained unknown for the rest of Egypt’s history. When her public monuments had been destroyed, Thutmose III diposed of the wreckage near her temple at Deir Elbahri. In the 19th centurey C.E., excavations brought these broken monuments and statues to light, but no one understood how to read hieroglyphics at that time. Some of them believed these were decorations so her name was lost in history.

Egyptologist Zahi Hawass located her mummy from a tomb in the nearby Valley of the Kings to the Cairo museum’s holding and proved her indentity. Examination of that mummy shows that she died in her fifties. She is a commended presence in the enitrety of world history in present day and stands as the very role model for women that Thutmose III may have tried hard to erase from time and memory.

  • Valley of the Kings

The Valley of the Kings is located on the west bank of the Nile Rivr near Luxor, it’s the most well known site for excavations of unique antiquities and ancient remains. Building Tombs were part of the ancient egyptians’ beliefs of the afterlife and their preparations for the next world. They believed in the afterlife where they were promised to continue their lives and Pharaohs were promised to ally with the gods.

Mummification was important to preserve the body of the deceased to allow the re-awakening of the eternal soul in the afterlife. They included the tombs with all the belongings of the deceased which were believed they might need in the afterlife. These tombs incuded many kinds of foods and drinks as well as the precious objects that meant to help the deceased pass to the afterlife, they even buried some of the pharohs favored companions and served with them in the same site.

Across the huge area there are many fascinating structures, tombs, and temples like Seti, Tutankhamun and Ramses II. There are also tombs of most of the 18th, 19th and 20th queens,

high priests and prietesses and other elites of these centuries. The Valley of the Kings was the major burial ground for most of the royal pharaohs during the New Kingdom’s period. Excavation is ongoing in some of them and until now it is continuously surprising archaeologists, but many are open to visitors on a schedule to allow for restoration. Seeing decorations on the walls of these tombs makes them a worthy visit even in the hottest months.

  • Valley of the Queens

It is located on the west bank of the Nile River in Luxor. The intent for the Valley of the Queens was to hide the entrance of the tombs to preserve them from looters so all of the decoration was found underground. Although the builders here were no less successful in hiding these tombs over the millennia than they were at the Valley of the Kings, none of the tombs were found intact but some of the decorations are impressively preserved and they are similar to the tombs in the Valley of the kings.

The tombs in the Valley of Queens were not only for queens, they were used for queens, princes, princesses and various members of the royal family. Some of the most famous tombs in the valley are those of the sons of Ramsses III, the building of Medinat Habu and Nefertari’s tomb. Medinat Habu is an impressive sight with it’s pylon and many of it’s walls still intact and with much of the oringinal paint still visible on its carved surfaces. Nefertari’s tomb was said to be one of the most beautiful and famous attractions in Egypt. It was completely painted with scenes depicting Nefertari being guided by gods.

About 1 km from the Valley of the Queens, there is the worksmen’s village, an ancient town where workers and artists who created the tombs of the Valleys of the Kings and Queens lived and were buried in. The tombs of some workers are beautiful works of art and really worth a visit.

All of these magnificent Places make attending the 4th international Conference on Conservation of Architectural Heritage (CAH) a great opportunity to experience and unforgettable adventure. The Conference will take place aboard a Nile Cruise sailing from Aswan to Luxor – Egypt from the 31st of January to the 2nd of February, 2020.

Check this link to know all the details about the conference: https://www.ierek.com/events/cah4th#introduction

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Previous Editions

Conservation of Architectural Heritage (CAH) 1st  Edition

The International Conference on Conservation of Architectural Heritage was held onboard of the Grand Palm Nile Cruise, for 5 days while having a sightseeing trip for the historical, cultural, and architectural sites. As well as holding of the “Folk Art Gallery” by Amr Bayoumi & Ola Bayoumi.  The conference was chaired by Professor Douglas C. Comer (the Co- president of ICAHM for ICOMOS.) and organized by IEREK.

The opening session was held onboard the Nile cruise right after the arrival of the delegates and the visit of Luxor temple, which was opened by a welcoming word from the CEO of IEREK. It was then followed by Prof. Douglas C. Comer (the Co- president of ICAHM for ICOMOS.), Prof. Ahmed Rashed (former head of Architecture Department at the British University in Egypt, and the founding director of (CSFS)), Prof. Antonella Versace (Professor at University Kore of Enna, Italy), and finally Mr. Mohamed Badr (Governor of Luxor).

After an introduction about the conference and its delegates was made, the conference officially started with the sessions.

The plenary session titled “Development and Promotion of the Architectural Heritage through Tourism Forms” was run by the following professors:

– Prof. Douglas Comer (Principal, Cultural Site Research and Management, Inc. “CSRM” & Conference Chairman)

-Prof. Antonella Versaci (Kore University of Enna, Italy & Scientific Coordinator of the Conference)

-Prof. Ahmed Rashed (British University in Egypt “BUE”)

-Dr. Monica Hanna (American University in Cairo “AUC”, Egypt)

-Dr. Mohammed Assem Hanafy (University of Alexandria, Egypt)

-Hamdy Elsetouhy (Researcher and Specialist in Conservation)

The first day included a guided tour to Luxor temple. Later there was an optional trip to the light and sound show at Karnak Temple.

On the second day, the delegates moved to the west bank of Luxor to visit the Colossi of Memnon, Hatshepsut’s Temple, as well as an Alabaster factory and bought some alabaster-made souvenirs. Later, there was an optional trip to the Valley of the Kings.

The third day included a visit to Edfu temple in Edfu city, followed later by a visit to Kom Ombo temple when the Nile Cruise reached the city of Kom Ombo. The fourth and last day was spent in Aswan where visits were made to the High Dam, a modern-age site, followed by a visit using motor boats to Philae Temple on Agilkia Island. Following that, the attendees were given the option to visit the botanical island and a Nubian village.

Check this conference’s overview here:

https://www.ierek.com/events/conservation-architectural-heritage-cah#overview

Publication:

Conservation of Architectural Heritage (CAH) held on a Nile cruise from Luxor to Aswan in November of 2015.

Publisher: Elsevier

Journal Name: Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences

Publication Link: http://www.sciencedirect.com/science/journal/18770428/225?sdc=1

Conservation of Architectural Heritage (CAH) – 2nd Edition

The 2nd International conference on the Conservation of Architectural Heritage in Egypt has been successfully held in Aswan: one of the most significant historical cities existing today. 
This conference witnessed the attendance of planners, environmentalists, archeologists, architects, engineers, tourists, policy makers and stakeholders who are interested in the conservation of architectural heritage. Having been filled with participants from diversified fields, approximately 80 full paper submissions were received and 50 of them were presented over several sessions.

Authors attending came from different backgrounds and cultures to discuss research on the conservation of archaeological, architectural and urban landscapes, and multi-disciplinary research on complex Cultural Heritage sites. Held on a Nile Cruise that Sailed from Aswan to Luxor, the conference was attended by authors from Australia, Kuwait, Lebanon, Saudi Arabia, Greece, Egypt and more. With Professor Douglas C. Comer, an archaeologist and the co-president of the United States Committee for ICOMOS (US/ICOMOS), as the Chairperson of the conference, promising conclusions have been reached and recommendations made.

The first day included a guided tour to Luxor temple. Later there was an optional trip to the light and sound show at Karnak Temple.

On the second day, the delegates moved to the west bank of Luxor to visit the Colossi of Memnon, Hatshepsut’s Temple, as well as an Alabaster factory and bought some alabaster-made souvenirs. Later, there was an optional trip to the Valley of the Kings.

The third day included a visit to Edfu temple in Edfu city, followed later by a visit to Kom Ombo temple when the Nile Cruise reached the city of Kom Ombo. The fourth and last day was spent in Aswan where visits were made to the High Dam, a modern-age site, followed by a visit using motor boats to Philae Temple on Agilkia Island. Following that, the attendees were given the option to visit the botanical island and a Nubian village.

Check this conference’s overview here:

https://www.ierek.com/events/conservation-architectural-heritage-cah-2#overview

 

Publication:

Conservation of Architectural Heritage-2nd edition: 

(CAH) held on a Nile cruise from Luxor to Aswan in 2018.

Proceedings publication in IEREK Press: https://press.ierek.com/index.php/Resourceedings/issue/view/18/showToc

Selected papers in Springer book series:  https://www.springer.com/gp/book/9783030108700

Conservation of Architectural Heritage (CAH) – Regeneration & Management - 3rd Edition

The 3rd International Conference on “Conservation of Architectural Heritage (CAH)” was held from on 19th to 22nd of February 2019 in association with Faculty of Engineering at Shoubra - Benha Unversity. The conference included many discussions, covered extremely important topics, and presented new scientific values in the scope of conserving the architectural heritage. For the third time, it was a very successful conference that cannot be forgotten.

The international conference was held in Aswan, Egypt, specifically at The Nubian Museum, which is considered to be a gateway to the history of Nubia and one of the most attractive touristic sites in Aswan.

This year, the conference was held under the patronage of Dr. Khaled Abdel Ghaffar (Minister of Higher Education and Scientific Research), Prof. Hussein El-Maghraby (President of Benha University), and The Supreme Council of Antiquities. It was also chaired by Prof. Ragab Megahed (Dean of Faculty of Engineering at Shoubra - Benha Unversity).

 

First Day: Opening Ceremony and Keynote Speeches

The opening ceremony started with greetings and short-introductions by:
Prof. Tarek Tawfik, General Director of the Grand Egyptian Museum
Prof. Ferdinando Trapani, Associate professor in Urban Planning, Università degli Studi di Palermo, Italy
Prof. Francesco Alberti, Associate professor of Urban planning and design at University of Florence, DIDA - Department of Architecture
Prof. Hussein El-Maghraby, President of Benha University
Dr. Abdel Moneim Saeed, General Director of Aswan and Nubian Antiquities
Dr. Ossama A.W Abd El Maguid, The Head Director of Nubia Museum

The opening ceremony witnessed highly-important speeches especially by the 2 Italian professors Ferdinando Trapani & Francesco Alberti who stressed on the necessity of collaboration and knowledge exchange between Egypt & Italy in the scope of conservation and preservation. The professors also presented the model of "conservation of heritage in Palermo" at the conference, which is considered a living example of exchanging knowledge between 2 great civilizations.

After the lunch break, authors (researchers) started to present a demo of their research paper in oral presentations while session chairman and moderators listen, discuss, and evaluate.

 

Second Day: The Parallel Sessions Continued & Start of the Workshop

Starting from the 2nd day, remaining authors (researchers) continued presenting their research papers while other participants (students) joined the accompanying workshop titled “Site Management of The Archaeological Sites”.
This workshop examined the interchangeable relationship between the archaeological sites and the historic monuments, and how they affect each other.

At the Nubian Museum, the workshop students obtained great lectures by well-known professors from the University of Benha, such as Prof. Khaled Abd El HadyProf. Mostafa AtallaProf. Amr HanafyDr. Mona yehia, and Prof. Sadek Saad.

Third Day: Workshop Continued & Site Visit

The day started early with a tour visit to The Unfinished Obelisk (The largest known ancient obelisk and is located in the northern region of the stone quarries of ancient Egypt in Aswan), where a lecture was given by Prof. Khaled Abd El Hady, in addition to group work with participants.

Another tour visit to Temple of ISIS was also organized. Moreover, after lunch, the last visit was made to The Temple of Kom Ombo where all workshop participants enjoyed the scenes and gained a lot of knowledge about heritage in Egypt.

 

Fourth Day: Pin Up Presentation

At The Nubian Museum, many discussions and group work feedback have taken place regarding what they have seen and learned through this conference and accompanying workshop.

Finally, group photos of all conference participants were taken.

For more information on upcoming editions, visit:

https://www.ierek.com/events/cah4th#introduction