Mazen Samman, assistant to the program director of UNESCO in Aleppo, told Reuters that the Old City of Aleppo, which was bombed and burned during the Syrian Civil War and in which 100,000 people lived before the war, can be restored.
“Our vision is to rebuild the old part of Aleppo so that it’ll be the same as it was before the war – use the same stone wherever it’s possible,” Samman said.
There are detailed plans of large Middle Aged mosques, markets, baths, walls, and everything else that were built during previous restorations so now an exact restoration is possible. The UN and other international agencies for the protection of culture have already expressed their willingness to help restore and protect Syrian cultural heritage.
We’re already working on a special school in which masons, carpenters and other workers that will work on the restoration will be educated. Samman noted the success of such projects aimed to restore cultural-historical objects on previous such projects.
“Last year, we restored the mosque Ferhadija in Banja Luka, which was destroyed during the war in Bosnia, using much of the original stone from which it was built in the 16th century,” Samman noted.