Considered one of the holiest places for the Shia'a community, the Al Askari Shrine in Samara is one of the most prominent locations for tourism and worship in Iraq. The double bombing of its renowned golden dome and minarets in 2006 and 2007 triggered a wave of sectarian violence in Iraq. Within its mandate to promote peace and cultural coherence, UNESCO lead a project to restore the historical golden Shrine of the Al - Askari Mosque. In addition to its direct contribution to the development of the city through jobs creation and the recovering of its touristic pace as a key pilgrimage destination, the Restoration of the Shrine has become a symbol of national reconciliation and peace in Iraq.
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