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Tour in Prof. Fawaz Azki's Geological Museum

"If I don’t add something to this universe, so I am something additional in it. Astronomy has taught me that Earth is the most beautiful planet and geology has taught me that Syria is the most beautiful map”, Dr. Eng Fawaz Azki, a professor at the faculty of science, Geology Department, told the Syriatimes e-newspaper in a recent visit to his geological museum.

Prof. Azky's geological museum, the only one of its kind in Syria and the first museum of geology established in the Middle East, is part of the cultural, educational and scientific heritage of Syria and of the entire world. It is located in Lattakia's Kismin village which enjoys spectacular beautiful landscape, rich diverse nature and a particular scientific significance derived from its geological, morphologic and paleontological  characteristics.

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.