Syrian Expatriate Presents Damascus National Museum Two Syrian Archeological Pieces, Previously Smuggled to Italy in 1960s

DAMASCUS, (ST)-  Syrian Expatriate, Dr. Radwan Khawatmi, who  has been living in Italy over the past 50 years, has presented the Damascus National Museum two Syrian archeological pieces that were previously smuggled to Italy in the 1960s of last century.

Dr. Khawatmi had seen these two Syrian artifacts being sold in an auction in Italy, so he bought them with the purpose of presenting them to the Damascus National Museum, their normal place.

The General Directorate of Antiquities and Museums (DGAM) held on Monday a special ceremony under the patronage of Culture Ministry at the National Museum in Damascus to celebrate receiving the present.  

Italian Artists Present 3D Model of Ancient Bel Temple Niche Ceiling to Damascus National Museum

DAMASCUS- Damascus National Museum on Tuesday received a special gift endowed with an artistic touch that reflects the deep-rooted Syrian history which is a 3D model of the ceiling of the niche of the Palmyrene Bel Temple which had been destroyed by Daesh (ISIS) terrorists in 2015, according to SANA.

Italian artists replicated the part of the ceiling that was produced as a gift to the National Museum.

On the occasion of receiving the model, the Antiquities and Museums General Department held a party to celebrate the arrival of that model which had been made by Italian artists under the supervision of the Society for the Meeting of Civilizations and the Italian Expedition working at Ebla archeological site.

Model of the Ceiling of Palmyra's Temple of Bel's Niche Arrives in Damascus National Museum

DAMASCUS, (ST)- During their control of the Syrian historical city of Palmyra, the terrorists of "Daesh" destroyed many archeological sites and historical monuments. One of them is the Temple of Bel, destroyed by the terror organization in August, 2015.

Within efforts to support the Syrian heritage, some Italian artists, supervised by the Italian Meeting of Cultures society and the Italian archaeological mission working in Ebla archeological site, managed to make a model of the ceiling of Palmyra's Temple of Bel's niche. The Model arrived in Damascus National Museums on Thursday after being displayed at the monumental Colosseum building and at the UN building in the Italian capital.

The model, which is 4 meters-long, 1.5 meters-wide, 80 cm thick and 190 km weight was also displayed in the European Parliament building in Brussels and the UNESCO headquarters in Paris before being given to the Syrian General Directorate of Antiquities and Museums (GDAM).

Prague Hosts Photo Exhibition on Syrian Archeological Sites Vandalized by Terrorist Organizations

PRAGUE, (ST)-A photo exhibition dedicated for the Syrian archeological sites and monuments which were vandalized by terrorist organizations was opened on Saturday at the Regional Museum in Jílové area near Prague in cooperation with Prague's National Museum.

The event will last till May 26th.

Director of the museum stressed the important role of the Syrian antiquities in maintaining and documenting human history. She expressed her sorrow over the acts of vandalism committed by the terrorists in Syria against the Syrian archeological monuments.

Artifacts, Stolen by Terrorists and Prepared for Smuggling, Found in Syria's Eastren Ghouta

DAMASCUS COUNTRYSIDE, (ST)- Syrian artifacts, stolen and prepared for smuggling, were found on Wednesday in Zamalka town and Douma city of Damascus Countryside.

Competent authorities told SANA that during combing operations in the farms and agricultural areas in Zamalka town in eastern Ghouta , authorities found in one of the terrorists' hideouts 10 stone archeological pieces, most of them are made of basalt.

The pieces, which date back to different ancient ages and are of great historical values, were stolen from archeological places by terrorists and they have been prepared for smuggling, authorities said.

In Douma, SANA reporter said that the authorities found several artifacts in a house under construction, noting that and these pieces were stolen from one of the Syrian archeological sites and brought to Douma in preparation to be sold and smuggled.