Culture Minister visits historic citadels in Homs and Lattakia

Culture Minister Isam Khalil accompanied by the Director General of the DGAM visited al-Hosn citadel in Homs province and Salaheddin citadel in Lattakia province over the past two days.

They were briefed on the current situation in the two historical sites that had sustained repeated attacks by terrorist groups before the Syrian army restored stability and peace to them, according to the Directorate-General of the Antiquities and Museums website. 

In this context, the official news agency (SANA) reported that Culture Minister underlined the need to complete the rehabilitation of al-Hosn Citadel and the surrounding area as soon as possible to reactivate cultural activities there.

Recent photos show damages on outskirts of Aleppo citadel

The DGAM website published Monday photos showing the staggering scale ofdestruction on the outskirts of Aleppo citadel as a result of continuous clashes.

The photos were taken by the photographer Shady Martak during the last week of January 2016, the Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums said.

Eng. Lina Qtifan, Director of the World Heritage Sites in the DGAM, made it clear that 130 real states, most of them located south of the Aleppo Citadel, were damaged. "The al-Sultaneyeh Mosque, Carlton Hotel, historical area in the old city of Aleppo were among the damaged real states."

The archeological excavation in al Mtouna village

Al-Mtouna is one of al-Sweida villages which are full of historical ruins due to its location in al-lajah district which extends between Damascus, Daraa, and Sweida.

The historical importance of the village came from its location which is considering as a real geographical link between Horan hills and the al-lajah famous basalt area which is known as Wadi al-lowa.

Shells hit Daraa museum

Armed groups fired Wednesday several mortar shells on the national Daraa museum, causing damage to it, according to the DGAM.

The Directorate-General of Antiquities and Museums clarified that the mortar attack caused damage to the walls of the museum's halls, including the Islamic eras hall.

It confirmed that the museum's exhibits were not damaged because they were in a safe place.

Al -Fakhura Port… A Witness to Nobility of Syrian Civilization

LATTAKIA, (ST) - The Syrian coast embraces dozens of submerged ports that date back to the second millennium BC, most notably al –Beida, Ugarit and al –Fakhura,  which formed an anchor to huge fleets owned by the people of those eras.

The Port of al –Fakhura, in particular, constitutes a natural bay and plant of Byzantine pottery adjacent to another older plant that is believed to be of Ugariti origin.