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Qatar Museums restores two early 20th century mosques

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By Victoria Scott

Fuwairat mosque, post-restoration. Credit: QM

Two nearly-century-old mosques in the country have recently been rebuilt and restored by Qatar Museums.

A QM team conducted the work in Fuwairat and Old Salata as part of efforts to conserve the country’s architectural heritage.

The Fuwairat mosque was originally built in the 1920s and was re-built in the 1960s over the ruins of the first structure.

Fuwairat mosque, pre-restoration. Credit: QM

According to QM’s Architectural Conservation Department, the work included removing damaged plaster and waterproof layers from the ceiling.

It also entailed treating wood to protect against termites and re-applying plaster with “traditional” materials.

Bin Obaid mosque

The team has also just finished restoring the Bin Obaid mosque in Old Salata, which was built in 1935.

Originally constructed using palm tree trunks and branches, the QM team spent 10 months replacing damaged materials with new traditional materials, “whilst also carefully preserving the authenticity and style of the original building.”

Inside the restored Bin Obaid mosque. Credit: QM

Over the past 10 years, QM has also restored mosques in Al Wakra, Sumaisma and Dukhan. Additionally, it is currently finishing the restoration of the Al Ruwais mosque.

In a statement, Ali Al Kubaisi, Chief Archaeology Officer at QM, said the team was “very proud” to restore these “significant and historical mosques.”

“We will continue our commitment to put local communities, young and old, in touch with their past, reminding them of their ancestors skills, wisdom, and heritage,” he said.

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