Let the Church bells ring across Mosul

Two new bells cast in a traditional Italian foundry have been installed by UNESCO at Al-Tahera Syriac Catholic church, as part of the “Revive the Spirit of Mosul” initiative dedicated to the reconstruction and revival of the Iraqi city’s cultural landmarks. 

This is a new step in the rebirth of the Old City as this flagship initiative enters its final phase. The bells, that were rung for the first time by Archbishop Younan Hano, head of the Archdiocese of Mosul, feature inscriptions in Arabic and English with messages of peace and forgiveness.


Decorated with floral designs and crosses, they also feature a central image of the Virgin Mary, reflecting the church’s dedication. This design was created by UNESCO architect Marc Yared in close collaboration with the church’s Christian Endowment. 

Al-Tahera Syriac Catholic church is a remarkable example of Mosul’s historic architecture and cultural diversity. The 650m site was severely damaged during the Daesh occupation in 2017. The installation of the bells marks the near completion of the church’s restoration.

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