Fünf vor zwölf: The current threat to Syria’s urban and modern heritage

Please join us for a talk and discussion with Charlotte Bank on

Friday, April 24, 2015, 7.30 pm

Art-Lab Berlin im iPhonedoctor

Perleberger Str. 60; 10559 Berlin

Foto_Aleppo Street view from Aleppo, photo taken 1998

The historical and archaeological heritage of Syria has suffered heavy damage since the beginning of the uprising and hardly a day passes without news about fresh destruction, illegal digging and looting of sites.

One such site is Palmyra

Foto_Palmyra The archeological site of Palmyra, photo taken 1999

But while the world’s attention is focused on the more ancient aspects of Syria’s history and its legacy, the equally dramatic threat to the country’s modern history is hardly mentioned at all. Thereby, the protection of Syria’s modern urban, artistic, architectural heritage also deserves our attention.

DeirEzZorBridge_klein The suspension bridge in Deir Ez-Zor, Eastern Syrian, inaugurated in 1927, destroyed in 2013, photo taken 1999

The art historian Charlotte Bank will talk about the importance of Syria’s modern heritage and discuss crucial aspects of its protection.

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