Syrian refugee stonemason rebuilds his life in Turkey

A craftsman, who fled conflict in Syria with his family, restores mosques and historic buildings by hand in time-honored ways in Turkey, where he found shelter.

Syrian refugee stonemason rebuilds his life in Turkey

World Bulletin / News Desk

Khair al-Din Suleiman had been a stonemason, restoring historic mansions as well as big and small mosques in Damascus. He moved to Alaplı town in the northern province of Zonguldak when fighting spread to his hometown in Syria.

“For 15 years, I have made images of trees on facades of Damascus mosques, historic mansions and attractions by carving stones and using slurry. I have adorned the facades of the Great Mosque of Aleppo and Atiya Mosque," he said.

He is now involved in work to adorn the newly-built mosque in Alaplı.

Suleiman says his work is laborious because it is a completely hand-made task. “I do not use any mould. I render the wall into the shape of the mosque, after mixing cement by hand," he explained. “It is enjoyable, albeit a bit hard to do," he added.
Last Mod: 16 Haziran 2016, 17:35
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