al-Aqrabiya Cave, one of the most important natural landscapes in Homs

About 13 kms to the west of al-Qusair city in Homs lies al-Aqrabiya Cave  which was discovered 12 years ago while workers were reinforcing al-Bassel Dam.

Chairman of al-Aqrabiya municipality Yousef  Dibo said that the cave, which is one of the most important natural landscapes in the region,  is similar to  Ja'eita cave in Lebanon.

He added that there is a need to put forward a plan to invest the site, provide it with the necessary services and qualify it to be a tourist destination.

Director of Homs Tourism Ahmed Akkash said that a specialized team was sent from al-Baath University to study the site  and renovate it.


Czech site: Syria has always formed a bridge between world civilizations and cultures

Prague, ST- The Czech "OKO" website confirmed that Syria has always formed a bridge between world civilizations and cultures due to its deep historical heritage.

The site indicated in a report that Syrian lands were a bridge between the Mediterranean and Mesopotamian regions, pointing to the establishment of many large cities and commercial centers such as Mari and Palmyra in these two  rich and culturally advanced areas.

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.