Safeguarding the Old Town of Koya: Emergency Intervention and Documentation of Cultural Heritage

Koya, Iraq

Amount $ 73 274

Years 2020 - 2021

Operator WADI e.V., in cooperation with the State Board of Antiquities and Heritage

project status Completed

Type of grant Emergency relief

Anne Mollenhauer, 2021

In the old town of Koya in northern Iraq, there are late-Ottoman era buildings with architectural features that have few parallels in the rest of Iraqi Kurdistan. However, many of the oldest, largest, and best examples from this period have partially collapsed due to neglect during conflicts over the past six decades. This project documented the sites, implemented emergency safeguarding measures, such as wall consolidation and temporary support structures on the Khan, and local artisans were trained.