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Aleppo souq and Umayyad mosque reconstruction begins

Friday, 2018, February 23
UNESCO World Heritage sites of the souq, minaret and Umayyad mosque.

PALERMO - While the war continues in Syria, with regime bombing on besieged Eastern Ghouta and clashes between the Turkish army and the Kurdish YPG in the north, reconstruction has begun in Aleppo. A group of Italian engineers and experts have been transferred to the Syrian city to work with locals and teach them the necessary skills to restore the UNESCO World Heritage sites of the souq, minaret and Umayyad mosque.

The project is funded by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, part of the Aga Khan network created to revitalize developing countries and working mainly in Africa and Asia. On March 2, the project will be presented to the world by Radwan Khawatmi, a member of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture board, in Palermo.

By his side will be mayor Leoluca Orlando and culture councillor Andrea Cusumano. The preview will help valorize the project for Palermo Capital of Culture 2018.

The method for the project implementation will be detailed during the presentation, models will be show and a documentary video will be screened with footage filmed by a drone over the ruins of the city. The restoration has begun and an attempt is being made to use the original materials as much as possible, putting the stones salvaged back where they were before the war. (ANSAmed).

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