Breaking News

Situation of Syria’s ruins, archeological sites and museums

Syria's Director General of Antiquities and Museums Dr. Mahmud Hamoud speaks to Syria Times on the situation of Syria’s ruins, looting of archeological sites and museums, the government’s efforts to rebuild and protect the country’s heritage. 

Q: Commenting on the looting of Syria’s antiquities and archeological sites, pre-2011 and after the 2011 crisis in Syria, Dr. Mahmud Hamoud answered:

A: “The international museums of Louvre, Metropolitan and others have looted antiquities form the Arab orient. The Ottoman State was giving licenses to the foreign and European archeological missions to excavate the Syrian cultural monuments. Most of the archeological finds were taken by these missions to their countries’ museums.

People of Syria wrote music thousands of years ago: Czech website

PRAGUE, (ST)- All the discoveries conducted by researchers and archeological experts from different parts of the world in Syria have proved that Syria was a culturally rich and prosperous country, the Czech European News" website said in a report on Saturday, citing the deeply-rooted Syrian musical traditions.

The website said that people of Syria wrote music thousands of years ago.  This fact was proved through the 29 tablets which were discovered in Ugarit in 1950 and which date back to 3400 years. On some of these tablets, the first musical note in human history was written, the website added, pointing out that 20 years after the discovery, it was identified that the written songs were dedicated for different social occasions.

Scientific trip to Bosra

Daraa, ST- The visits to Busra al-Sham city in Daraa countryside continue and  the latest was a cultural and scientific one from the Faculty of Tourism and the Department of Archeology at Damascus University and Gilgamesh Center for Tourism Training and a number of graduates of the recent tour guides.

Participants were briefed on the monuments of Bosra inscribed in the World Heritage List, its buildings, theater, castle and other sites dating back thousands of years.

The Director of Tourism in Daraa, Yasser Al-Saadi, pointed out to SANA that the trip comes within the framework of encouraging domestic tourism and highlighting this historical city, stressing that the Directorate along with the Bosra City Council provided visitors with all the facilities and adequate information about the city and its ancient history.

Chinese tourists: Palmyra is the cradle of civilization

A group of Chinese tourists have recently visited the city of Palmyra and underlined the importance of its great civilization and historical monuments, especially the temples, cemeteries and its amphitheatre.

They expressed sadness about the devastation caused by Daesh terrorists who are enemies of human civilization. Member of the group Chim Yam, who is an architect, said that he saw the great artifacts of Palmyra and what the terrorist groups have done, expressing hope that peace will prevail in Syria, the cradle of human civilization.

118 volunteers on a march in the areas of al-Malahat and Taous in the eastern Qalamoun

Damascus Countryside, (ST) - 118 volunteers participated in an environmental march in the areas of al-Mallaha and al-Taous in the eastern Qalamoun in order to spread social awareness towards ecotourism and preserving the remaining unique biodiversity. This environmental walk aims also to of highlight these unique sites and their importance in terms of tourism and nature and studying the possibility of installing a pathway in the region to serve inbound ecotourism.

 The media coordinator of the Syrian Society for Exploration and Documentation Faisal Yassoub who organized the march explained to SANA reporter that the activity of the march of the white desert (al-Taous) which is16 km from the city of Giroud to the town of Nasiriyah, can be though of as a of adventure, as the participants move from muddy to sandy areas-whilst enjoying unique and dazzling views all along.

Yassoub pointed out that the interaction of participants in the march was positive and they are from different age groups and from several governorates.