Welcome to Mosul's Old City
The Old Bridge is the entrance to the Old City. It is rich with landmarks and history. However, much of the area was damaged or completely destroyed in the occupation of ISIS and battle for liberation.
However, the first steps toward reconstruction have been made; streets have been repaved and rubble has been largely removed.
People in the area are slowly restoring their businesses and livelihoods. Life is gradually returning to markets in the Old City.
A bustling marketplace
This is a junction between Al-Sha'areen Market, Al-Najifi Street, and Sarijkhana; they are important commercial hubs of the Old City, the historical heart of Mosul.
The heart of Mosul
This is Nabi Jarjis area, in the Old City. The Old City is the historical centre of Mosul and was home to a number of important sites. This building is the former Turkish Consulate.
Many residents who have returned to the area are repainting the exterior of their properties to help bring signs of life back to the Old City.
In the past, houses were often painted with blue or with henna.
The diversity of Mosul
This is the Clock Church in the Old City of Mosul, where it is surrounded by other Christian places of worship and the minarets of mosques. It is an important part of Mosul's Christian heritage. The area is a visual reminder of Mosul's varied and diverse communities.
The Great Al-Nuri Mosque
Originally constructed in 12th century, the Mosque featured the famous Al-Hadba or ‘hunchback’ Minaret. Mosul is also known as Al-Hadba because of this iconic minaret.
The building is being reconstructed with support of UNESCO and the UAE.
After taking control of Mosul, then leader of ISIS Abu Bakr Al-Baghdadi declared the formation of the ISIS Caliphate from the pulpit of the Great Al-Nuri Mosque. ISIS targeted the Mosque as part of its sustained campaign of destruction against the city’s cultural and historical heritage. The area around the mosque has also suffered, and what was once familiar to all Mosul residents became unrecognisable.
Despite ISIS’ attempts to erase the rich cultural identity of the city, the spirit of Mosul prevailed. Today, the reconstruction efforts for both the mosque and the area are underway. They are signs of both the recovery and permanency of Mosul’s identity.
Although many areas are slowly recovering, there is much still to be done to support the revival of Mosul.
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