Aleppo Syria Museums
The Syrian National Museum in Damascus has reopened to the public for the first time since its war-related closure after the government retook rebel-held areas of the capital. Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his family visit a prominent institution that was closed and emptied when the civil war swept into the country's capitals. Syria's National Museum, one of its largest museums, has reopened to the public after being forced to close by the brutal civil war. The Syrian National Museum of Damascus opened to visitors on Tuesday for the first time in more than a decade, a day after it had to close because of the war and a week before the government retook rebel-held areas in the capital.
Syrian President Bashar al-Assad and his family gathered at the museum for the reopening, as did members of the government and opposition leaders.
The exhibition focuses on the so-called dead cities, the abandoned settlements of ancient cities in Syria and Iraq. UNESCO says Palmyra, located in the desert northeast of Damascus, is home to "an ancient city that is crucial to human history, wedded to Greece - Roman art and Persian influence" and irreplaceable. The great city houses some of Syria's most important monuments, such as the Temple of Osiris and the Great Pyramid of Giza, as well as a number of archaeological sites.
Syria has one of the largest collections of schematic human figures found in the world, according to Nebi Mend (known in antiquity as Qadesh), Tell Al-Rimah, known as Tell Zawiya, and Tell al-Rimah. As the rebel presence in Damascus has waned in recent years, some statues have been displayed in public museums and gardens, including huge pieces from Palmyra that were damaged by the Islamic State and later restored.
We did not have permission to photograph the synagogue, but pictures are available online and they have since been taken to the National Museum in Damascus. Most of the museum exhibitions are devoted to archaeology in Syria, with most of the finds coming from archaeological sites in the north of the country. The Syrian Archaeological Museum, the institution that manages the collection of more than 2,000 statues from Syria and Iraq, did not respond to requests for information about the whereabouts of the statues.
ISIL fighters have controlled parts of the city of Deir ez-Zor since 2013, and the Jebel Seman park (1 / 3) is near Aleppo. As the conflict in Aleppo intensified, IDP rebel groups entered the archaeological park and set up camps. Destroyed by air raids, we can claim only a small part of it, but it is only 200 m from the museum.
Syria's state buildings are usually decorated with official portraits of Bashar al-Assad, but Abdulkarim's spacious office has far less political decoration. But it is he who is leading the real reconstruction on the ground, holding fast to his own vision for the future of the country and its heritage. This feeds the general belief that only Bashar can be the true defender of his country and heritage.
Statuettes from last year hang on the walls of the room, some of which can only be seen from a distance, such as the statue of the late President Hafez al-Assad, Assad's mother.
Unlike its counterpart in Aleppo, which is still under restoration, the Damascus Museum, which dates back to the early years of the Ottoman Empire in the late 19th and early 20th centuries, offers an irreplaceable panorama of the country's past. It stands for the fact that there are icons that date back to very ancient times. Damascus, like Aleppo, has a very long and rich Islamic history and hosts some of Syria's most important religious institutions, such as the Temple of Islam.
In 1931, a small Ottoman palace was declared the National Museum of the city of Aleppo by a decision of the Syrian authorities. The second section is divided into rooms, divided geographically into Syrian regions, dedicated to the ancient civilizations of Syria. Christian houses were built in the 16th century, and in this room there are probably more than 1000 painted panels, some of which come from Aleppo's rooms.
Syrian and Iraqi refugees, 23 of whom have been rescued, and ICOMOS. Learn about the history of the museum and its place in the Syrian capital Aleppo.
Focus: an assessment of the war and destruction of Aleppo, with a focus on the history of the city and its role in the civil war. Created in English and Arabic, it tells the story of the Syrian war against the Islamic State in Iraq and al-Sham (ISIS) in Aleppo.