The Syria of today offers tourists as much a cultural experience as a sightseeing one, where ancient history provides a fascinating backdrop to everyday life on the streets                          



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This Department contains a very rich collection of varied antiquities. These constitute an important chapter in the history of human creation, illustrating the ideas, beliefs, customs and traditions of man. They highlight artistic taste and manual skill. Many of the antiquities here call up events and figures of the past. Each piece has a long story to narrate.

These antiquities also constitute an important record of historic events which are not only related to the history of the region, but also to the history of man as a whole. For this very reason, a large number of tourists, scholars and archaeologists from all over the word visit Syria. to see, study and appreciate the artistic and cultural value of these antiquities.

Although some Orientalists have exaggerated the influence of the Greco-Roman civilizations on the Arab East. the modern archaeological- discoveries in Syria (which revealed the civilizations of the Amorites and Canaanites ) have promoted many scholars to assert the influence of our civilization on the Romans and the Greeks.


The Department consists o the following sections:

Section One: 

Hall of the Museum: contains the most beautiful statues discovered in Latakia, and two mosaics, one discovered at Shahba and the other at the district of Hama.

Section Two: 

First Gallery  includes marble statues as well as silver, bronze, ivory and bone antiquities.

Section Three: 

Second Gallery comprises terracotta statues and vessels as well as a collection of glassware.

Section Four: 

Wing of Antiquities of Hauran and of Jabal al-Arab: includes as fine collection of basalt sculptures.

Section Five: 

Wing of Antiquities of Palmyra : contains masterpieces of Palmarene Sculptures, a mosaic, and mural frescoes discovered in the Temple of the Palmarene gods .

Section Six: 

Wing of Antiquities of Dura-Europos .

Section Seven:

Hypogeum of Iarhai the Palmarene: This hypogeum which is discovered in Palmyra is reconstructed in the Basement of the Museum.

Section Eight:

Synagogue of Dura-Europos : reconstructed in the Museum.

Section Nine:

Wing of Jewels contains magnificent collections : necklaces, ear-rings, pins, finger-rings, gold leaves and precious stones.

Section Ten:

Gallery of Coins contains fine collections of Greek, Hellenistic, Seleucid, Ptolemaic, Phoenician, Nabataean, Roman, Palmyrene, Byzantine and Venetian coins.

Section Eleven:

Wing of Byzantine Art: contains Christian sculptures, terracotta arid glass vessels, jewels, coins, Syriac documents as well as Palmyrene and Coptic textiles.

Section Twelve:

Garden of the Museum: contains large-sized sculptures. Prominent among which are :
The lion of Latakia, some Sarcophaguses, mosaics and statues.

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