UNESCO oversight missing in Baghdad monument repairs

The absence of UNESCO supervision raises concerns about the adherence to scientific archaeological standards.
One of the historic neighborhoods being restored in Baghdad. (Photo: Kurdistan 24)
One of the historic neighborhoods being restored in Baghdad. (Photo: Kurdistan 24)

ERBIL (Kurdistan24) – The restoration of several historic monuments in central Baghdad has begun, with workers and engineers undertaking the renovation of aged neighborhoods, houses, and buildings that have suffered damage over time.

These restoration efforts, however, are being conducted without the supervision of international bodies and specialized archaeological restoration commissions from UNESCO, raising questions about the preservation of these sites.

One of the most notable historic sites undergoing renovation is Baghdad al-Saray Square. Many of the buildings and houses in this area are over 100 years old. The Federal Bank Association is spearheading the renovation efforts, with work currently underway at 16 locations.

Ali Mohammed, the engineer in charge of the project, explained to Kurdistan24 that many of the buildings in the area are old and in a state of disrepair, nearing destruction.

“These places should be preserved in the memories of the citizens,” Mohammed said.

The absence of UNESCO supervision raises concerns about the adherence to scientific archaeological standards.

According to these standards, any restoration not conducted under the guidance of UNESCO’s archaeological restoration commissions risks losing its historical authenticity and value.

As the restoration continues, the debate over the need for international oversight to ensure the preservation of Baghdad’s historic monuments remains critical.