Reconstruction of the Al Askari shrine
A Memorandum of Understanding was signed by UNESCO and the Government of Iraq on Sunday, June 24th, 2007 for the reconstruction of the Al-Askari shrine. With a total budget of $8.4 million, the first phase of the project includes preventive works, an assessment of needs, and preparation of a scope of work for the restoration. In addition to the shrine’s Golden Dome and Ali al-Hadi shrine, the two minarets destroyed in the recent explosions on June 13th will be reconstructed. Alhamdulillah!