Source: Dubai – Arabic.net
In details, UNESCO stated that an important stage has been accomplished on the path of complete restoration of the Great Mosque of Al-Nuri and its historic minaret in Mosul, Iraq.
She explained that, just a few days ago, the installation work for the mosque’s structure and the Hadba lighthouse, which were almost completely destroyed, ended.
It also added that in October 2019, UNESCO began work on removing landmines from the site, installing the remains of the fragile structure of the 45-meter-high inclined historic minaret, which was built more than 840 years ago, and in mid-November, rubble was completely removed from The circumference of the minaret and the mosque, and the dome of the mosque was fixed with wires around its base and pillars, and during the past month, work was done to reinforce the arches of the portico in the Nuri Mosque, and thus this stage of the restoration will reach its endings, according to the organization.
An agreement was reached on the timetable for the reconstruction of the 12th-century monument, best known for its humpback minaret, during a meeting held in Paris in 2018, between UNESCO Director Audrey Azoulay and a number of Iraqi officials, including the Iraqi Minister of Culture, Tourism and Antiquities Abdul Amir Al-Hamdani and the Governor Nineveh Mansour Al-Muraid.
100 million dollars
The mosque’s reconstruction plan includes the most prominent part of a $ 100 million UNESCO-led project for the reconstruction of Mosul’s heritage. The project “Reviving the Spirit of Mosul” represents the largest reconstruction plan in the history of Iraq.
It was destroyed by ISIS in 2017
It is reported that in 2014, the murdered ISIS leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi announced the establishment of the alleged ISIS caliphate from the Al-Nuri mosque in Mosul, which was famous for its inclined minaret (al-Hadba), before IS militants bombed it in June 2017 as Iraqi forces approached.
In turn, the UAE provided $ 50.4 million to finance the project, focusing on the reconstruction of the mosque, while the European Union provided $ 25 million.
The decision to choose Mosul for the reconstruction project in place of other Iraqi cities is due to its historical position that made it a melting pot of civilization.
To that, UNESCO Director Audrey Azoulay explained about the decision: “We chose Mosul as a symbol, because Mosul before the conflict was a city of diversity, a city of tolerance, but more than tolerance, a city in which people live together and know each other regardless of sects and religious affiliations, stressing that it asked to allocate Part of the hundred million dollars to rebuild a synagogue and Christian religious sites. ”