As the only UN agency specifically mandated with the responsibility for safeguarding the world’s rich and diverse cultural heritage, UNESCO has a critical role to play in Syria.

Since March 2011, Syria’s exceptional cultural richness has suffered as a result of the on-going conflict. Many of its important monuments, including those on the UNESCO World Heritage List, have been severely damaged due to the conflict, many museums and archaeological sites have been looted by organized groups intent on illicitly exporting rare artefacts to be sold on the international art market. There has also been a rupture in the practice and transmission of Syria's intangible heritage.

As a result of the alarming situation of Syria's cultural heritage, UNESCO has actively mobilized its partners and the international community to raise awareness on the situation, and assist Syria in protecting all forms of its heritage, be it built, movable or intangible.





World Heritage Sites in Syria

____Ancient City of Damascus____

Great Mosque of the Umayyads © Sacred Sites

____The Acient City of Bosra____

Archaeological ruins in Bosra © Editions Gelbart

______The Site of Palmyra_____

The archaeological site of Palmyra © UNESCO

____The Acient City of Aleppo____

The Umayyad Mosque of Aleppo © Alain Homsi

Crac des Chevaliers and Qal’at Salah El-Din

The Crac des Chevaliers © Silvan Rehfeld

___The Ancient villages of Northern Syria

Ruins of an old church in the village of Baqirsha © François CRISTOFOLI

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