The local authorities in the city
of Mosul, on Sunday, laid the cornerstone for the Great Mosque of Al-Nuri in
Mosul, which was destroyed along with its distinctive minaret in the Battle of
Mosul in 2017.
The five-year reconstruction process is funded by a $50.4 million from the United Arab Emirates.
In 2017, during the liberation of Mosul, the national army said that the mosque was destroyed by ISIS, according to media reports.
Reconstructing the mosque comes in the presence of Louise Haxthausen, UNESCO Iraq representative, who said that the mosque's destruction "was a moment of horror and despair."
Abu Bakr Kenaan, the head of Sunni Muslim endowments in Nineveh
province told AFP that remnants of the minaret would be preserved, while other parts
of the mosque would be built afresh, along with a museum about its history and
The Nuri mosque was first built in the 12th century and it was reconstructed several times until it was destroyed along with its "hunchback" minaret in 2017.