The restoration is in the first of four stages, according to the project supervisor: “cleaning, documentation, renovation and reconstruction.”
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In the heart of the Syrian city of Homs, workers clear rubble and clean the blackened walls of the war-ravaged old market in a bid to restore its former glory. Much of Homs lay in ruins when its Old City was recaptured from rebels by government troops in 2014 after a two-year siege and near-daily bombardment.Now a U.N.-backed project is trying to restore the ancient souk, or market, in the central city, dubbed the "capital of the revolution" because of the enormous anti-regime protests that erupted there five years ago.Homs' souk is similar to the famed ancient markets of Damascus and Aleppo, though much smaller, with around 1,000 shops, according to Mamoun Abdul-Karim, director of Syria's antiquities department.At the moment, around 70 people are working on the project, which envisions the installation of four main gates, the restoration of 200 shops and the documentation of the history of the site.
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