The National Museum of Syria Near the old town, the Syrian National Museum runs along the western side of the Takiyeh al Suleimaniyeh. The museum is closed on Tuesdays. It contains many important artefacts and should not be missed. TANDIN Paul: SVP EN FRANCAIS
The Azem Palace and the Popular Arts Close to the Omayyad Mosque on the southern side, this palace was designed in 1749 for Assaad Pasha al Azem, Governor Damascus. It exactly fulfills the expectations the foreigner may have gained from romantic literature, about the Damascene “douceur de vivre”. Pretty rather than grandiose, it has a wealth of polychrome stone, cascading fountains in basins of immaculate marble, and a riot of flowers and greenery – bougainvillea, roses and the scents of jasmine and the cypress trees. It was in this ravishing setting that the Department of more..
A military museum may seem a strange and unlikely tourist sight, but we ought not to miss it. The Historical and Army Museum provides an occasion to recall the military highlights of five thousand years of Syria’s history. There is a series of dioramas which look inevitably somewhat stilted and artificial, but they are most carefully composed. The weapons and objects on display, together with a wealth of maps, make it possible to follow developments from Qadesch onwards. For once, we are in a museum which does not stop short at the 19th century; the events most vividly more..
The Museum of Epigraph, recently installed in a former Madrassa built in 1421 at the expense of Manjak, the Governor of Damascus, is worth visiting – as much for its setting as for its collections. The whole interior is decorated with polychrome marble mosaic. The square central room has a dome, directly under which there is a pretty octagonal pool, reached by three steps. There are display cases all round. They contain manuscripts and printed works, marvelous examples of calligraphy and lay-out; there are also stones which show how the graver’s chisel can ally the rigor more..