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The Monastery of St. Elian the Hermit "Whispers of the past and visions of the future"

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Syria is widely considered the birthplace of Christianity and boasts a wealth of religious sites which attract tourists from all over the world, including the Convent of Our Lady of Sednaya, the monasteries of Maaloula and the shrine of St. Marun, the patron saint of the Maronite sect. These are of great significance as primary sites of Christian worship. Every day, studies and investigations reveal new sites of interest and one of these is the Monastery of St. Elian the Hermit in Homs.

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.