UNESCO Urges More Efforts to Protect Syrian Heritage

Director-General of UNESCO Irina Bovoka has underscored that the protection of the archaeological site of Palmyra is both a major cultural issue and an imperative for security, peace and the recovery of a whole country.

"This heritage has survived millennia, it fosters unity and identity for the Syrian people. Its preservation is inseparable from the protection of human life and is an integral part of the response to humanitarian emergencies. It must be left out of the conflict," she said in a statement published on UNESCO website.

Italian Experts Complete Restoration of Two Busts Destroyed by ISIS in Syria's Palmyra

Italian experts have completed restoration of the two funerary busts destroyed by ISIS terrorists in the Syrian Palmyra city, according to the Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums (DGAM) website.

The website reported Friday that Italian experts in the Higher Institute of Conservation and Restoration in Rome used laser scans, a 3D printer and a mixture of nylon and marble dust to restore the two busts, which date back to the second and third century AD.

One of the two busts shows a noble man wearing a Roman-style toga, while the second one shows a woman with jewels around her neck  and turban on her head.

Piotrovsky announces agreement to reconstruct monuments damaged by terrorism in Syria

The Russian Ministry of Culture is preparing an agreement with Hermitage Museum and other cultural institutes to reconstruct monuments damaged by terrorism in Syria, the director of the Russian Hermitage Museum in St Petersburg Mikhail Piotrovsky says.

Speaking in a press conference held Thursday in Moscow, Piotrovsky asserted that the recovery of antiquities stolen by terrorist organizations is a 'matter of honor'. "Palmyra's antiquities must be restored,"  he said.

UNESCO Team Visited Old City of Aleppo

A team from UNESCO accompanied by experts from the Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums (DGAM) and UN Regional Directorates have visited the old city of Aleppo to assess the damage caused o the city by the terrorist war imposed on Syria.

According to the official Tishreen newspaper, the UNESCO team which represents the ‘emergency safeguarding of the Syrian cultural heritage project’ have attached great importance to the details of documentation and rehabilitation in the city.

ISIS destroys the façade of the Roman Theatre and Tetrapylon in Palmyra

Homs – Local sources in Tadmur (Palmyra) city in the eastern countryside of Homs said that ISIS terrorist organizations has destroyed the façade of the Roman Theatre and the Tetrapylon in the archeological site of Palmyra, SANA reported.

The sources said that ISIS terrorists planted explosives at the façade of the Theatre and the “Tetrapylon”, a very famous monument constituting of 16 columns, in the main street in the ancient city, a UNESCO World Heritage site.