the mathaf

Safeguarding Gaza’s Ancient Past

GAZA CITY — According to Greek mythology, Aphrodite, the goddess of love, came to earth from the sea, borne on a half shell by nymphs.

Gaza is not ancient Greece, but it has a history and civilization that date back to the Bronze Age. And it has its own Aphrodite: a marble statue from the second century B.C. salvaged from the Mediterranean Sea by a fisherman and donated to what is now the Gaza Museum of Archeology.

The museum is in a long room inside the Al-Mathaf Hotel, which sits along the sweeping Gaza coastline and the Mediterranean Sea toward the northern part of the Gaza Strip. It was founded in 2008 by Jawdat Khoudary, an entrepreneur and collector of art and antiquities. Read more.