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Ugarit, the cradle of civilization, holds its first tourism festival

"Syria is a wonderful country. It enjoys a charming nature, a deep-rooted civilization and archaeological sites. I am thrilled  to attend a cultural and tourism festival in Syria because  festivals celebrate a country's glorious heritage and culture” Pierre Stevenson , a tourist from Norway said in a statement to the Syriatimes e-newspaper on the sideline of Ugarit First Tourism Festival recently held in the historic city of Ugarit in Ra’as Shamra area in Lattakia countryside.

An ancient mosaic painting returns to the National Museum in Damascus

On October 7, Syrian expatriate Mohammed Waseem al-Ramli returned a Syrian mosaic painting from the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts in Canada to the National Museum in Damascus. The mosaic painting was smuggled to Canada at the end of 20th century.

The painting, which consists of two parts, formed the floor of a church of convent dating back to the late 5th century/early 6th century AD, measuring a total of 347 by 273.5 centimeters.

The mosaic depicts animals, decorations, and vases. It is made from limestone. It was most likely unearthed in the northwest of Syria between Idleb and Hama.

1974- the first national museum in Deir Ezzor

The Syrian Jazira, Eastern region OF Syria, has some of the most important archaeological centers in Syria and in the East in general. Archaeologists attribute the agricultural revolution in its primary form to this region and the regions surrounding it, since 12000 years. On its land several old human concentrations created what is known as the precivilized world and the development of the city- kingdom systems. The region incubated, also, places that witnessed the dawn of human civilizations (the 7th millennium BC) in addition to other evidence of Assyrian, Babylonian, Roman and Islamic kingdoms-cities. In the ages of modern history the Syrian Jazira witnessed vivid activity. During the Roman rule it was an important station of trade between the Roman Empire and India.

Russian Hermitage to Sign Agreement with Syrian Government to Restore Palmyra’s Museum

The Russian Hermitage Museum in St. Petersburg and the Syrian government are planning to sign an agreement in November on restoring the museum of the ancient city of Palmyra and on training Syrian restoration artists according to the Hermitage Director Mikhail Piotrovsky.

"Currently, the text [of the document] is being agreed. Our proposition is to take part in restoring the Palmyra museum because it need to be restored, the museum means jobs, it attracts tourists and so on," Piotrovsky told TASS news agency.

Delegation of Italian Politicians and parliamentarians visits Palmyra and Homs

ST - Member of The Italian senate House Paolo Romani headed  a delegation of Italian parliamentarians and politicians to visit the historical city of Palmyra.

“I was excited to come to Palmyra and see its ancient civilization, especially at a time that all the world is interested in the city's ancient  heritage. I have a great desire to show  all Italians the importance of  the historical sites in Syria and to cover the crimes committed by the terrorist organization Daesh against humanity by destroying this human heritage." , Paolo Romani, told the media in Palmyra.

Romani pointed out that there are many archaeological sites in Italy and Europe, but the existence of the ruins of Palmyra in the middle of the desert is "something very special and beautiful", expressing his great hope to cooperate to provide something useful for this marvelous city.

Members of the delegation also watched a film about the life of the martyr of civilization, archaeologist Khaled Al-Asa'ad, who was assassinated by the enemies of culture and humanity. Then they visited famous temple of Bel, street of columns, the ancient amphitheater and many other places.

Later, the Italian delegation visited the city of Homs and  inspected the volume of  destruction  and damages caused by terrorist groups in the neighborhoods of Jouret al-Shayah, Khaldiya and Qusour.

The delegation also visited the old markets of Homs, the Great Mosque of Old Homs and the Church of Um Al-Zanar and was briefed on the return to life after years of control by terrorist groups.

M.Wassouf