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Syria: National Museum of Damascus reopens after seven-year closure04:03

Syria: National Museum of Damascus reopens after seven-year closure

Syrian Arab Republic, Damascus
October 29, 2018 at 12:16 GMT +00:00 · Published

The National Museum of Damascus opened its doors to the public once more on Sunday, after being closed for the past seven years due to the ongoing conflict in Syria.

Visitors were able to see a collection of artefacts recovered by the Syrian Arab Army alongside archaeological findings from the prehistoric, historical, classical and Islamic epochs. Many of the country's archaeological sites were destroyed or badly damaged as a result of the ongoing fighting, but many of the museum's most precious pieces were hidden around the country for safe keeping until now.

Head of Classical Antiquities at the Museum, Quamem Al-Mohammad, highlighted the importance of the institution, noting that "the National Museum is a collective memory not only for the Syrians, it goes without saying, but for the whole world, as Syria has always been a link between ancient civilizations."

Syria: National Museum of Damascus reopens after seven-year closure04:03
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The National Museum of Damascus opened its doors to the public once more on Sunday, after being closed for the past seven years due to the ongoing conflict in Syria.

Visitors were able to see a collection of artefacts recovered by the Syrian Arab Army alongside archaeological findings from the prehistoric, historical, classical and Islamic epochs. Many of the country's archaeological sites were destroyed or badly damaged as a result of the ongoing fighting, but many of the museum's most precious pieces were hidden around the country for safe keeping until now.

Head of Classical Antiquities at the Museum, Quamem Al-Mohammad, highlighted the importance of the institution, noting that "the National Museum is a collective memory not only for the Syrians, it goes without saying, but for the whole world, as Syria has always been a link between ancient civilizations."

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