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Egyptian architect wins the Mosul mosque competition | Middle East News

The 12th century mosque, famous for its leaning tower, was damaged in 2017 during the fighting between ISIL, US forces and Iraq.

Eight Egyptian architects have won an international competition for the reconstruction of the historic al-Nouri Mosque complex in Mosul, Iraq, the UNESCO selection organizer said on Thursday .

The complex was severely damaged by the conflict in 2017, and the mosque rebuild is part of the organization’s ancient city restoration project.

The mosque, built in the 12th century and famous for its leaning tower, suffered heavy damage during the fight between ISIL (ISIS) with US and Iraqi forces, known as the Battle War for Mosul.

ISIL was accused of blowing up the website before it was taken over by government forces.

ISIL was accused of blowing up al-Nouri Mosque before being arrested by government troops [File: Zaid Al-Obeidi/AFP]

Chosen out of 123 entries, the winning design is known as the “Courtyards Dialogue”.

The reconstruction “will be a turning point in the process of promoting reconciliation and social cohesion of a war-ravaged city,” said UNESCO Director-General Audrey Azoulay.

“Historic and historic sites are powerful catalysts for people’s sense of belonging, community, and identity,” she added.

“They are the key to reviving the spirit of Mosul and of Iraq as a whole.”

Mosul restoration

The Egyptian team that won the competition included four partners: Salah El Din Samir Hareedy, Khaled Farid El-Deeb, Sherif Farag Ebrahim and Tarek Ali Mohamed.

There were also four design architects in attendance: Noha Mansour Ryan, Hager Abdel Ghani Gad, Mahmoud Saad Gamal and Yousra Muhamed El-Baha.

The contest is part of UNESCO’s ‘Spiritual Revitalization’ initiative to revitalize the city and its cultural life. [Illustration courtesy of UNESCO]

Reconstruction work, which will begin later this year, is aimed at rebuilding al-Nouri’s historic prayer hall and integrating the largest public space in the Old City of Mosul, into the urban surroundings through open public spaces.

UNESCO launched the competition in November 2020 in collaboration with the Iraqi Ministry of Culture, Iraq’s Sunni Foundation and with the assistance of the United Arab Emirates.

This is part of UNESCO’s “Spiritual Revival of Mosul” initiative to revitalize the city and its cultural life, while strengthening the city’s education system.

In addition to being awarded a contract to the complex, the winners will receive a $ 50,000 prize.

Panoramic view of al-Nouri Mosque during reconstruction, in the ancient city of Mosul, Iraq January 23, 2020 [File: Abdullah Rashid/Reuters]



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