UNESCO meeting discusses the Ancient City of Damascus
- Published: Wednesday, 16 November 2016 16:12
UNESCO Website from 16.11.2016 - Author: Office in Beirut
A recent fire that devastated a neighbourhood of the Ancient City of Damascus raised the alarm about the need to protect the old city, inscribed on the World Heritage list, from future catastrophes and sparked discussions about post-conflict action in Syria.
In April, a fire erupted in al-Asrooniya area, a commercial neighbourhood located between the Citadel of Damascus and the Great Mosque of the Umayyads inside the walls of the ancient city and home to several historic buildings.
The fire was eventually contained but left the Ottoman Bank, a remarkable monument from the Ottoman era baring the influence of 19th-century European architecture, extensively damaged.
“This unfortunate incident gives an impetus to develop a comprehensive plan for the protection of the old city of Damascus and other heritage sites in the country to prevent another disaster from occurring in the future,” said Nada Al Hassan, Chief of the Arab Region at the UNESCO World Heritage Centre.
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