Battir (Palestine)

Battir’s House of Arts & Culture

Where we are

Throughout the course of history, Palestine has been a meeting place for civilizations and a cultural bridge between East and West, evidenced by the existence of successive cultures in the area. Rich with tangible and intangible resources, the area and city of Battir is no exception to this. Being close to Bethlehem, the birth place of Jesus Christ, it attracts more than two million visitors per year. It is also inscribed on UNESCO’s World Heritage List under the name of “Palestine, Land of Olives and Vines; Cultural Landscape of Southern Jerusalem, Battir” for its beautiful and rich cultural landscape.

Territory

Despite being an area with high social, historical and functional importance, it suffers from various threats. It has become vulnerable under the impact of socio-cultural and geo-political transformations that may cause irreversible damage. Deterioration of the site and lack of funding has caused serious risks and damaged to the site over time. Moreover, the inherited traditions and cultural identity are increasingly under threat too.

Rural Heritage

Becoming a Replicator would be the first step towards achieving the protection and management of this cultural heritage site, where the preparation of a Management Plan for the development of agrotourism in Battir will be key. Through the promotion of cultural and eco-tourism, reviving traditional practices and festivals, and the organisation of markets and agricultural programmes, they hope to encourage and increase the tourism sector in the area. As replicator, CCHP will work toward reviving the traditional agricultural practices, flourish Battir’s economical sector, and decrease unemployment rates.