Hüsamiye Madrasa Ruins ©

Doğru Haber

We are pleased to award the Heritage skills for peace and capacity building project £1,226,861

This three year project focuses on the documentation and protection of two cities of historical and architectural value in south-east Turkey through built heritage surveys, conservation work and a training programme. 

The historical sites of Diyarbakir and Mardin 

Diyarbakir, along with its Sur Fortress and Hevsel Gardens, was inscribed on the World Heritage list in 2015. The area of Sur is the oldest settlement in the city centre, with historic land walls, mosques, churches, inns, houses, fortress, bridge, madrasa and bazaars, as well as the 17th century Surp Giragos Church, and the still active Orthodox Syriac church of St. Mary.

Mardin, on the Tentative World Heritage list since 2000 is mainly medieval in origin, and is situated on the slopes of a rocky hill, crowned by its citadel. The city as a whole, with its traditional stone, religious and vernacular architecture, and its terraced urban pattern, is one of the best preserved in Antolia. Mardin is home to cohabiting communities of different religious backgrounds and historic buildings include Syriac, Muslim and Armenian churches, monasteries, mausoleums, inns, bazaars and houses.

Building capacity through learning

In this three year project, a joint training programme will be established focussing on building capacity through learning. The programme will cover theoretical research, practical heritage skills and building surveying. Through this programme, a digitised buildings at risk register will be established, and existing architectural heritage will be documented. 

One historic building will be restored by trainees who will develop practical conservation skills from project staff, and upon completion, will be used as an educational and community centre. A community engagement initiative will provide learning, training and engagement for 200 people, including practical training in traditional techniques such as stone masonry, training for tour guides and journalists, and conservation management and awareness training for heritage professionals. 

About Edinburgh World Heritage

Edinburgh World Heritage is an independent charity with the aim of ensuring the city’s World Heritage status is a dynamic force for good that benefits everyone. Our mission is to connect people to their heritage in everything we do – whether through the conservation of historic buildings, delivering improvements to the public realm, or engaging people directly with the rich heritage of their city.