A project within the framework of "Saving the Stones: Practical Conservation Training Internship".
The International Conservation Center - Città di Roma, Old Acre


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As requested by the waqf, the architectural documentation and conservation report of the courtyard ablutions fountain (herein referred to by the Turkish term of “sadırvan”) at al-Jazzar mosque will serve as the continuation of the documentation of fountains owned and managed by them. 
Part of the larger mosque complex built by the ruler Al-Jazzar Pasha in 1781-1782 C.E. The mosque itself is built on a raised platform above a large Crusader period barrel vaulted cistern used to distribute water to the residents of the Ottoman city.   
The sadirvan has been functioning since its conscription as an ablutions fountain, the structure is accessed by worshippers multiple times daily, consequently, as needed maintenance and repairs have been performed throughout the life of the structure. 
The courtyard ablutions fountain is currently still utilized in its original function and requires proper documentation prior to any conservation interventions. The objectives of the report are to provide complete documentation of the current physical state of the structure, as well as a report on the state of pathologies and conservation. 
The documentation process was approached through an extensive historic and current photographic survey in conjunction with the compilation of architectural drawings. All measurements and documentation were conducted by the writer of this report on site, with a basic tape measure and laser.  Extensive photographic and sketch documentation was also conducted.

Alison Hortig
July 2010