U.S. Embassy Morocco Deputy Chief of Mission Aimee Cutrona Recognized the Completion of Mosaic Preservation Project at Volubilis

U.S. Embassy Morocco Deputy Chief of Mission Aimee Cutrona presided Today December 20 over a ceremony in the historic Roman city of Volubilis near Meknes, recognizing the official completion of a $189,000 project to preserve historic mosaics at the site.

The U.S. Embassy Rabat partnered with Ifker Association of Education on the Environment and Sustainable Development on the nearly two-year long project.  The works were supported by the Moroccan Ministry of Culture and through the U.S. Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation, and focused on the restoration and preservation of historic 2nd and 3rd century mosaics, inspired by Greco-Roman mythology.

Restoration focused on the House of Orpheus mosaics in Volubilis and dozens of mosaic panels from the ancient Roman city of Banassa site, which are currently stored in Volubilis. The project trained local artisans in the restoration and preservation of mosaics to build sustainable livelihoods in the region.

“As Morocco’s steadfast partner and ally, we envision continued collaboration to preserve our shared heritage and nurture prosperity for future generations,” Deputy Chief of Mission Aimee Cutrona said during the closing ceremony at Volubilis.

The U.S. Embassy Morocco has funded dozens of cultural heritage projects in the Kingdom, through the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation, totaling more than $1 million, ranging from the restoration of parts of Kasbah El Mediha near Kentira to the creation of film archives at the Cinematheque de Tanger.  The Volubilis project was financed by a special fund dedicated to celebrating the 20th anniversary of the Ambassadors Fund for Cultural Preservation, established by the U.S. Congress in 2001 to preserve a wide range of cultural heritage all over the world.