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Exhibition of the Czech Castles and Chateaux in Damascus

On June 9, 2019, Damascus hosted the opening of the Czech Castles and Chateaux exhibition. The exhibition was opened in the historic Damascus Hall by dr. Mahmoud Hamoud, Director of the General Directorate of Museums and Monuments of Syria, and Director General of the Czech National Museum dr. Michal Lukeš. The opening was attended by the representatives of the diplomatic corps in Damascus and the Ministry of Culture and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the representatives of the cultural and civil society of Syria, the Czech and Syrian media and Czech nationals living in Syria. The Accord for Establishing a joint Syrian-Czech Republic Mission to Perform Archaeological Works, under which the Czech National Museum will be licensed for the archaeological excavations in the Latakia province, was signed in the presence of journalists.

In his speech, Dr. Hamoud highly appreciated the assistance of the Czech Republic and, in particular, of the National Museum in the rescue and restoration of damaged art objects in Syria. Dr. Lukeš mentioned the successes of both countries in the field of restoration of historical objects. He expressed respect for Syrian experts, who provided protection of monuments during the war, arranged transport of the art objects to the safe places and later arranged restoration of these objects. He expects significant collaborative results in the joint archaeological excavations in the Latakia province and he promised to continue cooperation in the future. The restoration of valuable archaeological objects assisted by the Syrian experts is prepared in the Czech National Museum. A scholarship for Syrian experts in the Czech Republic and sending the Czech specialists to Syria is also in discussion.

In particular, the excavations in the province of Latakia will be an important project of mutual cooperation. Licensing negotiations concerning the archaeological research in Syria have been taking place since 2017. During this time, the location of Tell Naher al-Arab, an important site of so-called Ugarit culture, was identified. After signing the Accord for Establishing a joint Syrian-Czech Republic Mission, prospecting and terrain mapping will be launched in order to specify the scientific project.

The cooperation of the Czech National Museum and the Directorate General of Museums and Monuments of Syria is a part of the Czech government's program that was approved in order to provide humanitarian, development and reconstruction assistance to Syria. The Czech National Museum has entered this program in the framework of the project Assistance in the Area of UNESCO Preservation and Protection and World Cultural Heritage in Syria for 2016-2019. In the years 2017 and 2018, the Czech National Museum helped Syria especially by sending humanitarian aid in the form of equipment designed for the restoration and other specialized workplaces and, furthermore, it organized an exhibition called Archaeological Heritage of Syria which took place in Prague in 2018.


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