Souk Al-Saqatiyya, considered to be the most admirable souk in Aleppo due to its formation, has been fully restored. This souk consists of 53 shops.
The venture was partially funded by the Aga Khan foundation at a cost of $400,000 (€357,168) and took eight months. The project began in December 2018 and ended in October 2019. The project was carried out by the Aga Khan Trust for Culture, part of the Aga Khan Foundation, in cooperation with the General Directorate of Antiquities and Museums in Syria (DGAM), the Syrian Trust for Development, Aleppo City Council and Aleppo Governorate. The design proposal came from Dar Architects, A Syrian architectural firm. The most recent methods of documentation, preservation and protection were used – the BIM model (Building Information Modeling) and the HIM model (Historical Information Modeling).
Before the restoration, electricity wirings and sanitary pipes were in plan sight and not hidden. After the restoration, the souk now runs on solar energy and has the sanitary pipes hidden.
Photos showing the souk when work had first begun:
Photos showing the souk after its complete restoration: