Category Archives: Syrian Arab Republic

Syrians spruce up famed Crusader castle, Krak des Chevaliers, after years of war; Gulf Today

Clutching a small saw, Syrian volunteer Rana Jreij cut away at bushes growing up the centuries-old walls of one of the world’s most famous Crusader castles, Krak des Chevaliers.

Source: Syrians spruce up famed Crusader castle, Krak des Chevaliers, after years of war

Recommendations of the Technical Meeting on the Recovery of the World Heritage Site of Palmyra; Unesco

Source: Recommendations of the Technical Meeting on the Recovery of the World Heritage Site of Palmyra

A documentary tourist trip to the historic city of Palmyra – video; Ruaa Al-Jazaeeri; SANA

The Syrian Society for Exploration and Documentation, “I am the Syrian”, organized a documentary tourist trip to the historic city of Palmyra with the participation of about 180 volunteers to record observations about the affected archaeological areas and the requirements for improving the service reality to be accomplished in cooperation with the bodies concerned.

Source: A documentary tourist trip to the historic city of Palmyra – video

Serjilla – The Dead City; Heritage Daily

Serjilla is an abandoned settlement, part of a group of 40 similar sites known as the “Dead Cities” that are organised into 8 archaeological parks in northwest Syria. – HeritageDaily – Archaeology News

Source: Serjilla – The Dead City – HeritageDaily – Archaeology News

Idlib’s antiquities: A forgotten tragedy in northwest Syria; Alaa Nassar & Nada Atieh; Syria Direct

Through their eroding cobblestones and damaged, worn-out carvings, the Idlib province’s heritage sites tell the tale of another unfolding tragedy in northwest Syria.

Source: Idlib’s antiquities: A forgotten tragedy in northwest Syria 

Forgotten amid the bombs: Idlib’s ancient riches; Diane Darke; BBC

From a giant basalt lion to its own Notre-Dame, Idlib’s ancient monuments are in danger.

Source: Forgotten amid the bombs: Idlib’s ancient riches

Czech website: Syria is beautiful country of important monuments; Gh A Hassoun; SANA

The Czech tourist “TravelMag” website confirmed that the archaeological sites of Damascus are among the most important and oldest monuments in the world which are listed to the UNESCO World Cultural Heritage. The website said Tuesday, in a report on the most prominent historical landmarks…

Source: Czech website: Syria is beautiful country of important monuments

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.

Source: PressTV-Restored centuries-old market to reopen in Aleppo

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…

Source: Centuries-old bazaar in Syria’s Aleppo making slow recovery

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…

Source: Rebuilding Aleppo: ‘We Cannot Preserve the Place but We Can Save Our Memories’

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…

Source: Projects and studies for restoration of ancient city of Bosra al-Sham completed 

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…

Source: In Pictures: Souk Al-Hamadiye, the Best of Damascus

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…

Source: Idlib’s ancient treasures could be lost in this war

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.

Source: The Heritage of Notre Dame–Less European than People Think

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

Source: Notre Dame’s architecture inspired by 5th-century gothic church in Syria’s Idlib

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…

Source: Five thousand archeological sites reflect Homs wide cultural diversity

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…

Source: Inside the medieval castle that survived a 21st century war

Syria Before the Deluge is a poignant photographic journey through prewar Syria; Matthew Marani; Architects Newspaper

In 2009, architectural photographer Peter Aaron set out to Syria with his wife Brooke Allen, an author and professor of literature at Bennington College, In 2009, Peter Aaron embarked on a trip across Syria photographing its architecture and complex societies, since brutalized by the civil war.

Source: Syria Before the Deluge is a poignant photographic journey through prewar Syria

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