IRAQ, MOSUL (OBSERVATORY) – Iraq and the United Arab Emirates reached an agreement Monday on the reconstruction of the famous Nuri Mosque in Mosul and Manara al-Hadba, which were destroyed last June during the battle to expel the Islamic state from the city.
During a ceremony at the National Museum in Baghdad, UAE Culture Minister Noura al-Kaabi announced that her country would finance construction work for $ 50.4 million.
“The five-year project is not only for reconstruction, but also for restoring hope to the youth of Iraq, a civilization that is thousands of years old and must be preserved,” Kaabi said.
The Nuri Mosque and its humpback, the famous 12th-century Mosul landmark, were destroyed in June 2017 and the Iraqi army accused the organization of a bombing. The same mosque that witnessed the only public appearance of the leader of the organization Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi in 2014.
Al-Kaabi called on “the international community to unite to protect the World Heritage sites, especially in our Arab region, which witnessed and witnessed conflicts, wars and terrorism.”
The Nuri Mosque, which bears the name of Nur al-Din al-Zanki, a Syrian monarch who ruled Mosul for a period and was ordered to build in 1172, was destroyed and rebuilt in 1942 as part of a renovation project.
The Hadaba Lighthouse of the mosque, which has preserved its structure for a period of nine centuries, is the only surviving monument of the original building of the mosque. The lighthouse decorated with geometric shapes of bricks was a symbol of the conductor. Her picture was printed on a cash sheet of 10,000 dinars.
Before his defeat in 2017, he sought to make her a symbol of his rule after lifting his black flag at the top of the 45-meter lighthouse.
“This is an ambitious project, which carries a high symbolism for the return of Mosul and Iraq,” UNESCO representative to Iraq Louise Hakstauzen told AFP.
“Work is already underway and there is protection for the site now. It is surrounded by a protection barrier to prevent further loss of heritage,” she said.
She added that “the signing will allow the transition to work quickly, must first clear the mosque of the packaging, and remove the rubble and documentation before starting to rebuild the mosque and lighthouse.”
Iraq announced the restoration of control of Mosul in July, after about nine months of bloody battles against the organization of a preacher.