The battle for Palmyra and restoring Syria’s cultural heritage; Ksenia Svetlova; Jerusalem Post

Several countries have expressed interest in restoring Syria’s cultural heritage, devastated by civil war.

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Palmyra: has this ancient city suffered a fatal blow, or will it rise again?; Chris Ray; SMH

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Restored centuries-old market to reopen in Aleppo; Ruptly

The historic al-Saqatiyah Market in Aleppo is to be reopened after being carefully restored as shown in footage filmed on Tuesday.

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Centuries-old bazaar in Syria’s Aleppo making slow recovery; Bassem Mroue; AP

Bit by bit, Aleppo’s centuries-old bazaar is being rebuilt as Syrians try to restore one of their historical crown jewels, devastated during years of brutal fighting for control of the city. The historic Old City at the center of Aleppo saw some of the worst battles of Syria’s eight-year civil…

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Rebuilding Aleppo: ‘We Cannot Preserve the Place but We Can Save Our Memories’; Laura MacKenzie; Arab America

Thousands of Aleppians are using a Facebook group to share their way of life before the Syrian war…

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Restoration of ancient Palmyra bas-reliefs begins in Syria’s Damascus; Tass

Palmyra, Syria, one week after it was recaptured by Syrian government army

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Location-Based Data Raise Ethical Issues for Cultural Heritage; Anne Q Hoy; American Association for the Advancement of Science

AAAS issues guidelines and implementing tools to inform human rights, aid groups, researchers and volunteers how best to use of location-based data in crisis zones.

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25 photos: Aleppo before and after the Syrian uprising; Adonis49

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In 2011, Aleppo was Syria’s largest city with a population of 2.5 million people. A UNESCO World Heritage Site, it has been described by Time …

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Projects and studies for restoration of ancient city of Bosra al-Sham completed; SANA

The Bosra al-Sham Department of Antiquities in Daraa governorate has completed documentation of the damages caused to the old city due to the terrorist attacks. The department also prepared studies for some of the necessary works inside the castle to improve situation of the historic…

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Displaced families return to Palmyra for first time in 2 years; Pan Armenian

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In Pictures: Souk Al-Hamadiye, the Best of Damascus; Sarah Zuher; Scoop Empire

Damascus is the oldest and most continuously inhabited city in the history world. The Old City is currently a UNESCO World Heritage Site. It hasn’t…

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Paris, Aleppo connected by intangible cultural heritage; Tala Jarjour; Arab News

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Idlib’s ancient treasures could be lost in this war; Diana Darke; Middle East Eye

As air strikes rain down, it is important to highlight the Syrian province’s rich cultural heritage…

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Aleppo’s Old City: A labyrinthine of World Heritage Sites in a sorry state; Reuters

Syria’s lost heritage stands out in Aleppo’s broken minarets amidst the ruins.

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The Heritage of Notre Dame–Less European than People Think; Diana Darke; Arab America

It was striking as Paris’s landmark site of Notre Dame Cathedral burned before our eyes, how few seemed to know that Notre Dame’s architectural design, its twin towers flanking an elaborate entrance, its rose windows, its rib vaulting and its spire (la fleche) owe their origins to Middle Eastern predecessors. The earliest example says, Arab America contributing writer, Diana Darke, stands on a hillside in northwest Syria, in Idlib province, in a church built from local limestone in the mid-5th century. It’s called Qalb Lozeh (‘Heart of the Almond’ in Arabic) rightly praised as one of the best-preserved examples of Syrian church architecture, a magnificently proportioned broad-aisled basilica, the forerunner of what came to be known as the Romanesque period.

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In war-torn Syria, an ancestor of Notre-Dame still stands; AFP

An arched entrance flanked by two towers, elaborate carvings and a broad-aisled nave: a 5th century limestone church in northwestern Syria is the architectural forerunner of France’s famed Notre-Dame cathedral. “The specific similarities between Notre-Dame and Qalb Lozeh are first and foremost, the twin tower design flanking the elaborate arched portal,” says Darke.

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Notre Dame’s architecture inspired by 5th-century gothic church in Syria’s Idlib; Daily Sabah

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Five thousand archeological sites reflect Homs wide cultural diversity; Ruaa Al-Jazaeri; SANA

Homs central province enjoys  a wide cultural diversity as it embraces about five thousand archeological sites which have been the fruit of tens of successive civilizations. The archeological sites in Homs province, according to Chairman of Tourism Directorate Ahmad Akkash, belong to…

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Inside the medieval castle that survived a 21st century war; Tom Westcott; Middle East Eye

Syria’s Crusader castle Krak des Chevaliers, which has withstood centuries of conflict, religious division and occupation, is again welcoming visitors…

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Defence Minister: Russia to deliver Syria’s Palmyra restorations files to UNESCO soon; Middle East Monitor

Source: Defence Minister: Russia to deliver Syria’s Palmyra restorations files to UNESCO soon