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The Ancient Palmyrians devoted the sixth of April as a Good Day

In general , April was the beginning of the renewal of  life in the religious concepts of Palmyra  and East where the ritualistic celebrations start on the first of April and reach its peak on the sixth day which is the sacred day where the Bel temple the most important and largest temples in the ancient Near East was founded and devoted .  

“This day was described and named the 'Good Day 'in a religious Greek  inscription. The ritualistic and religious celebrations start on the beginning of April coinciding with the arrival of tens of thousands of delegations of pilgrims and worshipers from all over the world to the vast courtyard of the temple which was decorated by aureus columns  and gates” the archaeologist Muhammad Khaled Asaad told SANA .

Restoration of archaeological Arch de Triumph in Palmyra starts

Field work began in Palmyra for restoring the archaeological Arch of Triumph destroyed by the terrorist organization "ISIS". The Restoration of the Arch comes within the framework of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Ministry of Culture and the Stone Industry Association of Russia.

Three statues in Sweida provide an important picture of the archaeological heritage in southern Syria

Three statues were found in a field to the north of the town of Al-Kufr in the southern countryside of Sweida, and placed in the National Museum in Damascus.

These statues form part of the archaeological heritage in southern Syria and provide an image of the prestigious status during the Roman era.

The Head of the Sweida Antiquities Department, Dr. Nashat Kiwan, stated that the three statues  date back to the period of the Roman Arab state.

A lecture highlighting Palmyra’s immortal legacy

In a lecture titled “Palmyra, the Pearl of the Orient and the Immortal Legacy”, Syrian researcher Jamil Al-Qayyem highlighted the importance of the Syrian historical city of Palmyra as a cultural center that has qualified it to be the capital of humanity and peace.

In his lecture, Al-Qayyim talked about the factors that led to the prosperity of Palmyra, most prominent of which was the diversion of the global trade route to the Silk Road, which made this city a meeting place for goods and commercial convoys.

Part of Al-Qayyem’s lecture shed light on the city's freedom of religion reflected in the large number of temples, noting the existence of several gods in the city evidenced by the available antiquities and temples in this area.

The researcher talked about the democracy and political freedom that prevailed in Palmyra as well as the system that ruled the city, pointing out that the people enjoyed equal rights and duties, a situation that created a state of stability and peace that was reflected in all aspects of the Palmyrenes’ life.

“Al-Hamra Castle” ... a unique ancient monument in the countryside of Tartous

“Al-Hamra Castle”, which is located about 12 km southeast of Tartus  in the village of Yahmour, is  one of the ancient Syrian monuments with a great  civilization  and cultural heritage.

 Director of Tartus Antiquities Department Marawan Hassan told SANA that the history of the castle  goes back to the twelfth century AD, and it is known as the Red Palace due to the red sandstones which spread in the area. Hassan added In the past, it was named Yaghmour after the Phoenician Prince Yaghmour, indicating that archaeological pieces, fragments, and flint-made two-sided axes dating back to the Assyrian era were found in the castle.

 Yahmour castle consists of an external wall built of  large  blocks made of  red sandstone with one main entrance on the southern  side and a side entrance on the northern  direction.