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THE FUTURE OF SYRIAN ANTIQUITIES

The modern world is faced with a number of challenges, not least of which is the preservation of the past. With increasing development there is no way to preserve everything. A number of sites have been protected, and museums are still being built.  Yet in order to increase the pace of preservation, visitors must have an interest in the past.  No matter what ones focus, Syria offers a huge range of sites to visit.  Syrian hospitality is also well known, and there are a number of ways to tour the country.  For independent travellers there are busses that go to many major cities and sites.  There are also many tour operators that would be more than happy to escort one through what Syria has to offer.   

A rise in tourist numbers will not only provide much needed finance for culture in Syria, it will have long lasting effects on how Syria is perceived by the world. Syria is emerging as a major tourist destination, and the future of Syrian monuments has never been so bright.

SYRIAN CULTURAL TOURISM

This web site is designed to present the range of cultural sights in Syria.  Given the range of ancient cities and structures in Syria, a website many times as large would not cover the subject. This presentation is arranged by periods in chronological order.  Special emphasis is placed on aspects of history that may be overlooked by most tour guides and books. The final part of this website gives some indication of the range of handicrafts and art available to purchase. All photographs were taken by the author. Dates are noted using the convention BC and AD, and unless otherwise noted are the latter.


Mention Syria to most people and there will be immediate historical associations.  Damascus, an ancient city mentioned in the Bible, and the Street Called Straight, provide some of the most colourful  literary images of the ancient world.  Perhaps romantic tales of Queen Zenobia and her struggle with the Romans will come to mind, with a tinge of regret for what happened to the most beautiful city of the East.  History is very much alive in Syria, and there are growing numbers of tourists coming from around the world to appreciate ancient as well as modern Syrian culture.  Many pleasures and adventures await those who leave Damascus to explore other regions of the country, and this web site is largely designed to stimulate interest through images and focussed text.

SYRIAN CULTURAL TOURISM

PALMYRA ISLAMIC HERALDRY
ANCIENT CULTURES

MATERIAL CULTURE

OF PALMYRA

SYRIA IN THE LAST

CENTURIES

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UNIVERSITY OF DAMASCUS

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