Salama stands at his house, a 430-year-old Levantine-style palace, in Gaza City. AFP / MAHMUD HAMS
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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.It is among the rare vestiges of Gaza City's architectural heritage, battered by war, time, population pressure and simple indifference.The house has now been given a second life, unlike others around it."They are delighted to discover that once upon a time Gaza was rich".One site he encourages visits to is the ruins of the ancient Saint Hilarion monastery, one of the oldest in the region and located south of Gaza City. Earlier this month, what is thought to be the remains of a Byzantine-era church were uncovered during a construction project to build a shopping center in central Gaza City.Otol said that with humanitarian needs so great in Gaza, preservation concerns have been set aside.Salama says it has survived the test of time – unlike the new buildings surrounding them.
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