Syrian, German Archaeologists to Discuss Maaloula History

Several Syrian and German archaeologists and researchers will discuss Maaloula city’s history during a scientific conference to be held Monday in the University of Tübingen in Germany.

The discussion will focus on the history of Maaloula, its spiritual and historical significance and the importance of the Aramaic language which the city’s people are still using as a living language, according to al-Thawra newspaper [in Arabic].

 The paper quoted director of Damascus Countryside Antiquities Directorate Mahmoud Hammod as saying that rehabilitation projects which the state started to carry out 10 years ago in the city will be tackled in the two-day conference. 

“Terrorist attacks on Maaloula and the works carried out by official circles after the Syrian army units liberated the city are to be reviewed by the participants,” Mr. Hammod added.

Maaloula, located 56 km to the northeast of Damascus, was occupied by Takfiri terrorists from September 2013 till April 2014. And its people were displaced and their homes were damaged during that period.

On April 20, 2014, President Bashar al-Assad underscored from Ma'loula that no one can erase Syria's humanitarian history and civilization.  

Basma Qaddour