Bethlehem - Ma'an - A new guide for visitors to Nablus was launched last week by Project Hope, an NGO based in the West Bank's third largest city.
The initiative, www.nablusguide.com
, is the first city guide for Nablus produced locally, offered in English and French with detailed instructions on travel to hotels, historic sites and contemporary cultural institutions in the city.
The site also provides background information on places like the Nablus Library, Nablus' Turkish Baths, the Arafat Soap Factory and detailed histories of the personalities that made the city as it is today.
The site was created by the Project Hope Organization, under the eye of its director Abdul-Hakim Sabbah. In a statement on the day of the project's launch, Sabbah said Nablus, as one of the world's ancient cities, "deserves a special website that gives an idea of its importance and the different aspects of living in it."
The initial concept for the site was birthed in 2008, and a renewed effort at creating a site braiding the city's past with its present saw the launch of the new site realized after months of work by web editors Jean-Charles, Tamer and Tawfiq. The three said they hoped their efforts would make the city more accessible to visitors from around the world.
For the virtual tourist, the site has hundreds of photographs and panoramas of the city sites, as well as histories and recipes for local delights like Knafeh Nabulsiyyeh, Moutafayeh, Urs At-tôm and other Nablusi food.
Biographies of local personalities include those of renowned poets Fadwa and Ibrahim Tuqan.
The developers said they would welcome requests from would-be visitors, noting the website was an ongoing project.