The Château de Chambord was built by King Francis I in 1519 in the heart of Europe’s largest forest
park, surrounded by a 32-kilometre wall. This gem of French heritage, on UNESCO’s World Heritage List
since 2000, celebrates the 500th anniversary of its founding this year. On the occasion of this anniversary, UNESCO, the National Estate of Chambord, and the United Nations will gather in Chambord the men and women that in Mosul (the ancient Nineveh) are struggling to rebuild the monuments and libraries destroyed by the Islamic State, to comfort the wounded and to bring back their country’s freedom.
This heritage inspired UNESCO’s flagship Revive the Spirit of Mosul initiative (and in particular the
rehabilitation and reconstruction of the Al-Nuri Mosque). The 26 June event at the Château de Chambordwill give the floor to Iraqi actors of Mosul’s spirit — politicians, academics, and everyday militants as well as writers, diplomats, and important witnesses.
For more, including the event agenda and speaker profiles, see the Mosul in Chambord programme on the UNESCO website.