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Kanaan is a digital record of archaeological sites in Palestine aims to define the Palestinian cultural heritage and the importance of preserving it

The pilot project of Kanaan is a part of the International Augmented Med (I AM) project is an international cooperation project involving fourteen partner organisations in seven countries around the Mediterranean Sea.
The I AM aims to establish a self-sustaining cross-sector cooperation network (linking experts in IT/multimedia and tourism promotion) which will develop innovative services for the enhancement of natural and cultural heritage sites. By doing so it aims to encourage a better geographical and seasonal spread of tourism arrivals and income thanks to the diversification of tourism products and tourism locations.
The innovative services consist in the application to a number of heritage sites of a variety of multimedia techniques in the field of Augmented Reality (overlaying virtual, digital elements on reality), including advanced interactive techniques. www.iam-project.eu/

Our Story: 

Hello, my name is Nesma and I am an architect, independent social entrepreneur. I'm also the person putting this campaign before you today.
I passionate in Art, Architecture and Technology. Two years ago, I found myself alone again with my thoughts, Contradictory ideas about (Heritage & contemporary), dreams and needing to make a change. For myself, for my community, for my world.
I saw riwaq announcement to participate with initiative to use new technology and multimedia to promote cultural heritage. 
I and my friends decided to make an interactive online website and mobile app called Kanaan, to promote archeological Monastery of St. Hilarion site because it’s one of the most important cultural heritage sites in Palestine and share historical information in interactive way with all Palestinians inside and outside.
Kanaan is a Digital Record for Palestinian Cultural and Natural Heritage. By using multimedia and augmented reality through developing mobile app and website. Kanaan in its pilot phase has won the admiration and encourage from all visitors. It is much-loved and highly valued by its community of readers and visitors, who now their numbers are increasing every day. 



Nesma Al Sallaq

Nesma Al Sallaq

CEO / Founder
Mohammed Kalloub

Mohammed Kalloub

Ahmed Ismail

Ahmed Ismail

Mohammed Zaqout

Mohammed Zaqout




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Tell Umm Amer


The first settlement in the site was established during the Roman era on Wadi Gaza close to the seashore.It appears on the Madaba map with the name of Tabatha, dated from the Byzantine to the early Islamic period (400-670AD)

The site contains the ruins of the monastery of Saint Hilarion (born in 291 AD), which a baptism hall, a public cemetery, an audience hall, and dining rooms. The monastery was provided with good infrastructure facilities, including water cisterns, clay-ovens and drainage channels

 Is floors was partially paved with limestone, marble tiles and colored mosaics, decorated with plants and animals scenes. A great fifth century mosaic was probably laid on the floor of a chapel. The floors include also a Greek inscription decorated with circular motifs

 In addition, the monastery was equipped with baths, consisting of Frigedarium, Tepidarium and Caldarium halls. The wide space of these hall ensured that baths could adequately serve the  pilgrims and merchants crossing the Holy land from Egypt to the Fertile Crescent through the main route of Via Maris

Tell Umm Amer (Tabatha) was the birthplace of Saint Hilarion, who had received a splendid education in Alexandria, and had gone to Antonius in the desert for further instruction. He founded his eponymous monastery in the third century, and is considered as the founder of monastic life in Palestine.The monastery was destroyed in 614 AD

Justification for outstanding universal value

     The monastery of saint Hilarion is one of the rare sites in its architectural elements and which bears an exceptional historical, religious and cultural testimony

        The monastery used to be an important station on the crossroads between Egypt, Palestine, Syria and Mesopotamia

        The site is tangibly associated with the phenomenon of the flowering of the monastic desert centers in Palestine during the Byzantine period. St. Hilarion’s monastery was perhaps a center of missionary work in Gaza region, seemingly isolated in the desert but actually at the center of affairs at communications cross-roads

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