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Culture Minister: Putting Babylon On UNESCO’s World Heritage List Was Deserved,But Much Delayed

Minister of Culture, Tourism and Antiquities Abdulameer Al-Hamdani said that putting Babylon on the UNESCO World Heritage List was deserved, but much delayed. And This list was culminated in putting Babylon at the head
“Babylon is one of the oldest cities in the ancient world and is a source of light for all humanity, and from it, the story of creation was launched,” Hamdani was quoted as saying by the Russian news agency Sputnik. Added “Therefore, putting it on the UNESCO World Heritage List was deserved and much delayed due to erroneous actions in the past such as unscientific conservation, so we tried several times and the Heritage List was crowned by putting Babylon at the head.
“What we need from the international side is to carry out preventive maintenance to correct the mistakes that have taken place and prepare a plan for the management and maintenance of the city,” Hamdani said. “After returning from Baku, we started forming teams on the ground of specialized archaeologists to maintain the temples, rehabilitate the archaeological city and raise the excesses. We have allocated $ 49 million for this year and will be repeated in the next four years in order to buy some properties, especially located within the archaeological city, and also to lining the Euphrates River, which began to flow in the city and to prepare tourist structures to receive visitors and to carry out excavations in the old city and make maintenance of the area of temples, in partnership with the province of Babylon.
” He explained “We are obliged from now to next February to present UNESCO with an integrated city management plan and maintenance plan. And I trust the Iraqi national team.” Added “Funding exists, we need only complete these procedures and we are in contact with UNESCO for that.
” “The international community has launched the initiative to revive the spirit of Mosul, which includes the rehabilitation of heritage buildings, old mosques, churches and places of worship on the right side of the city, which is west side of the Tigris,” he said. Regarding the rehabilitation of Al-Nuri Mosque, which is one of the oldest mosques in Iraq and Al-Hadba minaret, which represents an Iraqi heritage symbol, he said:
“We started steps in this direction, and I was at UNESCO because the team that received international funding slowed a little, and now we have set a timetable to start implementing field work and we pressed to start practical steps and, there will be no meetings in the rooms, so we are going to go to all the concerned parties to Mosul to start the implementation of the reconstruction plan, the possibilities are available and the amounts are there, and the concerned parties, both from the Antiquities Authority and the University of Mosul, are working on this work.
”He pointed out that “the projects are submitted by European and American universities for the rehabilitation of the old city, and there is a partnership of the Ministry of Culture and the Antiquities Authority with universities, parties to start the maintenance of houses of worship in the Nineveh Plain and the maintenance of the city of Nimrod and make excavations in the ancient city of Nineveh and maintenance and rehabilitation of the Prophet Yunus Mosque in the Old City, which houses the palace of King Sennacherib from the Assyrian era.

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