Discover Syrian Heritage

Syria with its known and unknown sides

This is a preliminary version (soft opening) of a new virtual platform for Syria, created by the “Syrian Heritage Archive Project” at the Museum of Islamic Art in Berlin, in technical cooperation with the German Archaeological Institute. Here you will find a growing number of interesting, sometimes shocking pictures from Syria. Here you can learn something about Syria from unusual points of view in small text contributions.

We would like to invite you to explore and get to know your ideas, perspectives and experiences about Syria and its cultural heritage. Syria is a very diverse cultural area with the world’s oldest inhabited cities, different landscapes and important archaeological sites. It is a living mosaic of ancient traditions, customs, memories and characteristics of its people of different languages, ethnicities and religions. This cultural richness makes Syria so special.

So that everyone can participate, the offer is consistently trilingual: German, Arabic and English.

To the background:

The Museum of Islamic Art in the Pergamonmuseum and the German Archaeological Institute have, since 2013, combined numerous photo collections, plans and research materials on the rich cultural landscape to the largest digital image archive of Syria. In a selection of hundreds of thousands of digital images and documents, the project presents the collected data to a broad public on this website. These include treasures – rare insights into the heart of Syria. The archive tells their stories – memories of people, places and landscapes.

Three different approaches

invite you to explore and discover:

  • Via the picture gallery, sorted by time, motif, origin etc..

This image gallery, as an excerpt from the digital archive, will grow continuously by making the finished data from the archive accessible here.

  • Through the places on the map of Syria (under development)

All images are georeferenced – allocated to exactly one location or building – and you can therefore find them on the map view. Using keywords (tags) you can search for mountains, bathhouses, water wheels, bazaars, people, ornaments or dynasties. Where there is damage or destruction, you will also find this under the keywords.

  • In topics and memories

This third access opens up a wide range of short articles from many different subject areas.