In 2018, the Director-General of UNESCO launched a flagship initiative “Revive the Spirit of Mosul”, focusing on the human dimension of reconstruction. With the full support of the Government of Iraq and of the UN Secretary-General, UNESCO is coordinating international efforts in two main areas: the restoration and rehabilitation of cultural heritage and the revival of educational and cultural institutions.
Within the framework of this initiative, UNESCO has commenced the Project ‘Reviving the Spirit of Mosul by rebuilding its historic landmarks namely the Al-Tahera Church and Al-Saa’a Church’. The specific objective of the project is the Stabilization, Restoration & Rehabilitation of the Al Tahera Syriac Catholic Church in Mosul.
This important church and the associated cloister are in poor and hazardous conditions, after the intentional destructions inferred during the conflict ended in 2017. The project undertook the necessary surveys, documentation, and investigations in Mosul, in order to design the needed interventions and prepare the tender dossier for the specialised engineering works to preserve and rehabilitate this important and valuable landmark, and to re-establish its full functionality as a Church with annexed facilities.