Baghdad, 8 February 2023 (TDI): The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) in its flagship initiative ‘Revive the Spirit of Mosul’ showed a photo gallery to celebrate its achievements.

The pictures also highlighted the impact of the project ‘Reviving Mosul and Basra Old Cities’ that was funded by the European Union.

A special exhibition was organized in front of the Royal Palace, in Brussels, Belgium, from 23 January to 17 February 2023, on the fences of the “Parc de Bruxelles”.

Revive the Spirit of Mosul

The city of Mosul is one of the oldest cities in the world. It means “the linking point” in Arabic and is one of the oldest cities in the world. It remained a strategic location due to its crossroads and bridge between north and south, east and west, for centuries.

The city is home to diverse cultures and ethnicities, but it was attacked by the Islamic State of Iraq and Levant (ISIL). It was devastated and destroyed by the terrorist group due to violence.

In February 2018, UNESCO launched the flagship initiative “Revive the Spirit of Mosul” as a response to the recovery of one of Iraq’s iconic cities.

Through this project, many historical places were revived and rebuilt including Al-Nouri Mosque, the Sulaiman al Sayegh palatial house, Al-Tahirah Catholic Church, Al-Aghawat Mosque, Al-Ekhlas Primary School, and other places of historical importance.

The European Union (EU) has committed 20 million Euros to promote social cohesion and reconciliation in Iraq through the restoration and reconstruction of historic urban landscapes.

This restoration and reconstruction will be within the framework of the Revive the Spirit of Mosul flagship initiative launched by UNESCO in 2018.