The Minister of Culture and Communication, Mohamed Laâraj, announced on Saturday the launch of a new project to rehabilitate the archaeological site of Lixus, spread over the period 2019-2021 and whose total cost amounts to 15 MAD.
A press release from the Ministry of Culture, a copy of which is available on our website, announces that the Minister of Culture specified in a speech given during a press visit to the archaeological site of Lixus, in order to inquire about the main achievements relating to the rehabilitation and enhancement of this site, that the new rehabilitation project includes maintenance and restoration work, the cost of which is 6.750.000 MAD, development and equipment works, at a cost of 4,600,000 MAD, not to mention the archaeological research and training component, which will cost about 2,220,000 MAD, or promotion, which will require an envelope of about 1,50,000 MAD.
The Minister announced that in addition to restoring and rehabilitating the site’s archaeological structures, which more particularly concerns the circular Roman theatre, considered unique in Morocco, and the second largest industrial complex in the Roman Empire, dedicated to fish curing, the Ministry wishes, in addition to its tourism and cultural promotion on a regional and national scale, and its inclusion on the World Heritage List, to make the Lixus site a scientific research center and a prime destination for archaeological research programs, the statement said.
He added that the Minister expressed his pride in the exceptional historical and territorial value of this site which, since its official opening, has been the subject of interest beyond the borders of the Kingdom, given that it is the oldest city in Morocco, dating back more than 22 centuries of history, and one of the most active urban centers in the Mediterranean, thus making it a living example of the ancestral national heritage.
According to the same press release, the Ministry plans to launch pilot workshops at the national level aimed at developing and enhancing all the Kingdom’s archaeological sites and making them a springboard for sustainable cultural and economic promotion at the local and regional levels.