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Mosque Al Nuri de Mosul, symbol of the rise and fall of Islamic State, one step closer to its reconstruction

January 23, 2020
Reconstruction of the Al Nuri mosque Reconstruction of the Al Nuri mosque

Built over 840 years ago, it was demolished by black militiamen in 2017


The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) has taken a key step to ensure the complete restoration of the Great Mosque at Nuri de Mosul, a historical and architectural symbol of this city in northern Iraq that was destroyed by Islamic State militiamen in 2017 and from whose pulpit its former leader, Abú Bakr al Baghdadi, proclaimed the caliphate in 2014.

Thanks to the work carried out within the framework of the reconstruction project 'Revive the spirit of Mosul', UNESCO has achieved “an important milestone” in early January by achieving the “stabilization” of this historic temple built over 840 years ago, which will allow to continue advancing in the “complete rehabilitation” of Al Nuri and its famous inclined minaret, destroyed almost completely in 2017 by militants of the Islamic State terrorist group before the advance of the forces loyal to the Government of Iraq.

Mosque Al Nuri de Mosul, symbol of the rise and fall of Islamic State, one step closer to its reconstructionMosque Al Nuri de Mosul, symbol of the rise and fall of Islamic State, one step closer to its reconstruction

“UNESCO has been responsible for the delicate task of rebuilding from the ruins, while ensuring strict adherence to the historical integrity of the structures,” explained the United Nations agency, which has shown images of the progress of the complex rehabilitation works on this symbol of the history of Mosul.

UNESCO began work in October 2019 on the removal of land mines in the ruins of Al Nuri and on the stabilization of the fragile structures that remained at the foot of the temple and its 45-meter-high inclined minaret, built more than 840 years.

In mid-November, the surroundings of the mosque and the minaret were completely free of debris and work began to stabilize the base of the temple dome and its pillars.

“The process of cleaning the land has been more than removing old stones. Among the rubble were valuable pieces of the mosque and minaret that can be reused in reconstruction. This is another example of UNESCO's commitment to the restoration of structures with the necessary efforts to preserve its historical integrity, “said the UN agency.

The reconstruction project allowed the reinforcement work of the mosque arcade to be completed in December, which has meant that the restoration has almost completed its first phase. All this work has been possible thanks to the support of the United Arab Emirates and the coordination of the work with the Government of Iraq, international experts and local partners.

This rehabilitation is being carried out by UNESCO in the framework of its initiative 'Revive the Spirit of Mosul', launched in February 2018 with the aim of reviving the city of northern Iraq from the point of view of education, life Culture and its heritage.

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