Restoration of Aleppo's Saqatiya Market Erases Scars of War

Published March 12th, 2019 - 07:52 GMT

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The Saqatiya souk covers an area of more than 1,500 square meters and used to house more than 50 shops before Syria's conflict landed in Aleppo in 2012.

It is located near other landmarks of Aleppo's Old City, a UNESCO-listed World Heritage Site that served as a frontline during clashes that ended in 2016.

Russia-backed regime forces that year retook control of the eastern side of the city, much of which remains in ruins.

UNESCO estimates that as much as 60 percent of the Old City was severely damaged. Continue reading below »

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A general view shows a woman walking past debris in the old quarter of Syria's second city of Aleppo 
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A general view shows the damaged inflicted on the Old Aleppo markets in the old quarter of Syria's second city of Aleppo 
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Labourers take part in restoration work at the Saqatiya market in the old quarter of Syria's second city of Aleppo 
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Labourers take part in restoration work at the Saqatiya market in the old quarter of Syria's second city of Aleppo
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A general view shows the damaged inflicted on the Old Aleppo markets in the old quarter of Syria's second city of Aleppo 
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Labourers take part in restoration work at the Saqatiya market in the old quarter of Syria's second city of Aleppo 
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A general view shows the Saqatiya market, during restoration, and the Citadel of Aleppo, in the old quarter of Syria's second city of Aleppo 
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Saqatiya market fared better than most, with 30 percent battered during the fighting.

It shows signs of major damage but no sign of collapse, Syria's antiquities authority said in a report last month.

Restoration works began on November 1, 2018 after Syrian authorities signed a partnership agreement with the Aga Khan Foundation in Syria. Renovations are expected to be completed in July.

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