We do not inherit the earth from our ancestors, we borrow it from our grandchildren
The Syrian antiquities are part of the global human heritage as much as they are part of our collective memory as Syrians; It provides evidence for the diversity of Syrian society throughout history and to the essential contribution of each. Keep these monuments neutral, and the preservation of their integrity during conflicts is everyone’s responsibility. Our initiative aims to support these ideas, highlight our common bonds, and ultimately contribute to building peace. And where the UNESCO Charter says, “Since the idea of war springs from the mind of man, it is from the same mind that a culture of peace must be built” (UNESCO Charter)
This project was created with the aim of highlighting the most important artifacts in the National Museum in Damascus. The Virtual Damascus National Museum project is one of the documentation projects in the Syrian Cultural Heritage Initiative. MIRATHis a non-profit, independent, non-governmental organization. We at MIRATHdo not represent or express, through our projects or our opinions, any political or ideological entity.
To date, none of the Syrian museums has taken the chance to exist in the cyberspace. At MIRATHwe have created this project to become a solid platform in order to pass and to exchange information and experiences about Syrian archaeological artifacts, as well as a tool to introduce this important part of the Syrian material heritage to those who did not know it before or for those who got to know it late.
The National Museum Of Aleppo; Why?
The National Museum of Aleppo (Arabic: متحف حلب الوطني) is the largest museum in the city of Aleppo, Syria, and was founded in 1931. It is located in the heart of the northern city on Baron Street, adjacent to the famous Baron Hotel and near the Bab al-Faraj Square and Clock Tower. The majority of the museum’s exhibitions are devoted to the archaeology of Syria, with most of the finds coming from archaeological sites of the northern part of the country.
In 1931, under the decision of the Syrian authorities, a small Ottoman palace was designated to become the National Museum in the city of Aleppo. After three decades, the building became too small to host the growing number of exhibited items. Therefore, it was decided in 1966 to demolish the old palace building and replace it with a larger, more modern structure. Construction of the new building commenced after Yugoslav architects Zdravko Bregovac and Vjenceslav Richter‘s project proposal won first prize for their competition entry.
In July 2016 the museum was hit by numerous missiles and mortar shells fired by rebel forces. This caused extensive damage to the roof and structure of the building. Most of the collection had already been evacuated but concerns have been expressed regarding items which could not be moved.