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26 September 2013

Early Christian Cultural Heritage threatened by the conflict in Syria

Cultural heritage

Concerns rose on the status of the cultural and architectural heritage in the town of Maaloula to the northeast of Damascus. According to several reports from the DGAM (The Directorate-General for Antiquities and Museums) as well from social media group’s coverage and activists’ clashes and fighting took place in the town in early September 2013.

Alleged reports on the burning of some Early Christian churches and shrines were posted on the web. It’s unclear on which state are the town’s heritage and the content of its monasteries. Maaloula host a unique cultural, archaeological, religious heritage, it’s also a top-tourist destination in Syria. Moreover, some residents in the town and its neighborhood can still speak Aramaic, the language of Jesus.
The DGAM issued an appeal to all parties in the town to respect the cultural heritage and to spare the town’s unique history from the raging fight.