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

Koya, Iraq

Amount $ 73.3K

Years 2020 - 2021

Operator WADI e.V.

Type of grant Emergency relief

WADI e.V.

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 will document the sites; and implement emergency safeguarding measures, such as wall consolidation and temporary support structures on the Khan. At the same time, local artisans will be trained, and this unique heritage will be promoted among the residents of Koya.