Syria: Chechnya helps finance restoration of Great Mosque in Aleppo

Also I would like to highlight the studying party, all of them are local experts who participated in the previous restoration or those related to this subject. There is a high commission appointed by the Republic presidency, it includes representatives from many parties: antiquities, the university, religious affairs, and the municipality, and includes a party which has been ordered to execute the... Еще work; [as well as] military establishments. I see that there is cooperation between all parties — whether financing or studying and the executive, some work was carried out by engineering and archaeological parties, things are [going] alright. During the first period the destruction was vast and we did not know where to start from, then it became clearer, when most of the rubble was removed. There is now a work plan which I hope to finish within a period of three years; we hope the mosque will be as it was before.» Restoration work on the Great Mosque of Aleppo (Umayyad Mosque) was already well underway on Sunday. The iconic place of worship is being restored with the help of financing from the Chechen Republic's Akhmad Kadyrov Fund. Footage shows workers and craftsmen working to rebuild various parts of the mosque. Sakhr Al-Olabi, professor of Archaeology at Aleppo University, is helping in the restoration process, and highlighted his gratitude to Chechnya for their support. «I would like to highlight the financing party, it is the Republic of Chechnya of the Russian Federation, they visited us more than once, they are in continuous follow-up. We thank them for being ready to maintain any antiquity and offer their experiences and moral support, not only financial support,» he said. Aleppo witnessed some of the most brutal fighting during the Syrian conflict, and work is now ongoing to put the war-torn city back together since government forces retook it over a year ago.

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