Culture in Syria
in Syria is linked to its heritage and to the
influences inherited from the various civilizations
which succeeded each other over its lands: its
libraries are full of rare manuscripts and priceless
paintings and works of art. These libraries are found
in the various cultural and educational institutions
but the most important of them is Al-Asad public
library, The modern and contemporary cultural edifice
which contains most of the rare and priceless
manuscripts beside great numbers of books,
publications and paintings old and modern.
The availability of these reference books encourage cultural activities in Syria. Not one week passes without intellectual conferences, fairs and seminars are held in universities, museums, cultural centers in Damascus and all other Syrian towns and townships.
Several exhibition halls exist which present the latest masterpieces of Syrian plastic art painters.
library is considered "The national
library" of "Syrian Arab
Republic". It was inaugurated on
/November 16/1984/ under the leader president
HAFEZ AL-ASSAD's auspices. The library lies in
the west part of Damascus city and overlooks
into [UMAWYEEN square]. The library covers an
area of [22000 m sq], and it is surrounded by
a landscape ground (gardens) which extends on
a space of [6.000 m sq]. The complex
(buildings) of the library comprises of nine
national library" of the Syrian Arab Republic,
AL-ASSAD library's first task is to gather all books
and daily issues in addition to all kinds of
literature connected with our "ancestral cultural
legacy", then to sort out these materials to
serve researchers and scholars and benefit them. The
library has interest also in modern cultural legacy of
all its kinds. As for our ancient cultural legacy
(scripts) the library tries to gather all what is
available of these scripts to preserve them by
conserving maintenance and storing in suitable
For more information click: www.alassad-library.gov.sy
The High Institute of Music
Syrian Conservatory Institution is the premier academy
for the study of music in Syria.
Students develop high musical competencies in areas such as performance, composition, and production.
One of our primary goals is to foster western music and to convey oriental music to the world.
For more information click: www.syrianmusicacademy.org
Dar Al-Assad for Arts & Culture
|Just off a
central roundabout in Damascus, adjacent to
the Higher Institute of Drama & Music off
Beirut Street, looms a tall marble building.
Combining Western architectural features with
The new Dar Al-Assad Opera House for Arts & Culture, opened in 7th May 2004, is Syria's most recent attempt to boost its arts and culture scene and bring international performances to the country.