Urkesh

Kingdom of “Tall Mozan”

What does it mean to "discover" an ancient city? "Our" city was, in fact, well known already, and yet unrecognized. Three aspects of the puzzle were well known: a large hill, by the modern name of Tell Mozan; a city of myth, called Urkesh in antiquity, where the ancestral god of the Hurrian pantheon resided; and the capital of the only known Hurrian kingdom of the third millennium, also called Urkesh.

The peculiar chemistry of our discovery was that we linked the three elements. We were able, through our excavations, to prove that they all matched.

Syria in the Eyes of an Expatriate

Damascus! ... What is Damascus!

Damascus is winter with prosperity falling from the sky; it is snows and threads of rain which clean earth and hearts of people. It is rain irrigating plants as well as human beings. I believe that the rain of Damascus is different from the rain of any other city. We often say we don't deserve it, but God is Gracious.

Damascus winter nights are portraits of bright colors.

Syria’s window into the past

Much has been written about Syria and its history. But it’s the ever-present Syrian smiles that light up the country’s historical sites that make the experience especially memorable.

If your wish is to travel back in time to the “Cradle of Civilization”, then take the Syrian time capsule à la the Silk Road. It’s simply magical.

The country’s countless ruins, some of which date back 5,000 years, are bound to mesmerize. Syria’s role in history is vast as it houses the imprints of some of the world’s oldest civilizations.

Pyramid Tombs of Idleb

Man had always thought of life after death, and peoples all round the world dedicated large portions of their thinking and, sometimes, of their wealth to prepare a good resting place for themselves after earthly life. The greatest achievements man had ever made in preparation for that purpose are the tomb Pyramids of alGiza which the Pharaohs built for themselves, and the pyramids of the Aztec civilization in Latin America. But these huge burial monuments were mostly built by great kings and queens in periods when their countries enjoyed a wealthy economy and a high degree of scientific progress. In later times peoples built great mausoleums for their leaders and beloved ones like Napoleon’s tomb in France and Taj Mahal in India.

These great tombs constituted an unusual architectural phenomenon narrating the story of a man who devoted himself to certain religious beliefs, mainly life after death, or in another meaning immortality of the spirit, not the body, which deceases and changes into a mere memory.

Semiramis Legendary Queen of Assyria

French «Encyclopedia Larousse» defined Semiramis as a legendary queen of Assyria who ruled the kingdom of Nineveh, capital of Mesopotamia in the period between 810-805 BC. She was known for her beauty, power, wisdom, and for her unusual talent as a state leader, army com-mander, conquests of other coun¬tries and for her desire for reform and building. Many references say that she built the city of Babel and its suspended gardens, one of the seven wonders of the ancient world, dubbed «Semiramis Gardens». She fought many wars, and invaded Egypt, Sudan and Abyssinia. She attacked the Medians, grand fathers of the Persians, who set¬tled in Northern Iran in the first millennium BC and built the city of Akabatana, now Hamadan, as their capital, and who were of constant difference with the king¬dom of Assyria. She achieved victory on them and invaded large parts of Asia Minor.