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Museums of Beirut Day Tour
"Enjoy a fascinating introduction to Lebanon's vibrant history. The National Museum of Beirut holds countless treasures through which you will witness the living proof to the country's rich heritage. Mim gets its name from the 24th letter of the Arab precisely because it is the first letter of the Arabic words for museum minerals and mines. The museum exhibits more than 1400 minerals representing around 300 different species from over 61 countries. Then we will head to Lebanon’s central bank Museum where you will know more about the central bank’s roles and responsibilities in keeping the stability of the Lebanese economy and financial system.The last destination is a walk in Hamra streets where we will encounter shops restaurants
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Glass Blowing Demonstrations in Safed
"Local artist Sheva Chaya tells her fascinating story of how she came from Princeton graduate to become the glassblower of Tzfat. She shares a bit of background about her paintings and glass work and then treats the audience to an exciting glass blowing demonstration in which she will make something special and colorful out of glass.Throughout the demonstration Sheva shares deep Kabbalistic concepts related to glass blowing and Tzfat. Participants are always impressed and fascinated by this unique and fun activity.""""See a live glassblowing demonstration! Local artist
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"Nazareth
"Nazareth Tiberias and the Sea of Galilee Day Trip from Tel Aviv""Set off  from Tel Aviv in your air-conditioned coach to the town of Nazareth where you will visit popular Holy Land sites such as the Church of the Annunciation (where the Angel Gabriel visited the Virgin Mary) and the Church of St Joseph’s Carpentry.Continuing north through the small village of Kafer Kana your Holy Land day trip passes the Church of the Multiplication by the Sea of Galilee where Jesus’ miracle of the loaves and fishes and the feeding of the 5000 took place.Stop on the shores of the Sea of Galilee to explore the ancient fishing village of Capernaum
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Sculpture Garden

While Roman and Greek art was highly developed in the realms of figurative sculpture and pottery, some of the best examples of the highly-developed artistic traditions of these two cultures can be seen in their architectural feats and in the design and decoration that accompanied temples and civic buildings. The garden at the National Museum in Damascus holds a fair number of examples of these highly-developed arts, and, if the day is a nice one, you can enjoy yourself outdoors by walking among marbles, plinths, pilasters and busts all carved by the same gifted artisans who made Rome and Athens so famous. That is, provided they haven’t been smashed to bits by mortars or bullets.

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mikey_e
Nov 22, 2012

5000 years of history

When your city has a history of something around 5000 years, it’s rather hard to have a civic museum that is lacking in interest, let along attraction, for the majority of tourists who visit. The National Museum in Damascus benefitted greatly from the ancient history of the surrounding urban core, and from the relatively well-developed field of archeology inside the country. Whether this is still the case remains to be seen, and I’m sure that the curators expect nothing short of an Iraq-style plunder should the civil war reach the centre of Damascus with all of its ferocity. The Museum does not have an Elgin Marbles-style main draw, but it does include a wealth of artefacts from the length of Syria’s long history. These are often well explained in the accompanying write-ups, although they can be dry and pedantic, or occasionally poorly translated. Guided tours were available and probably still are, although whether the same breathtaking number of languages is available as before is to be confirmed. Of course, the museum has a large number of Roman, Greek and Ugaritic items that help to place Syria in its proper place as a crossroads of empires, but the greatest shows are in the Islamic section. Damascus was long a centre of learning and art in the various Islamic empires that held it – Ummayad, Abbasid, Mameluk, Seljuk, Ottoman – and there are many, many examples on display at the museum that provide a glimpse into the richness of design, book arts, illumination and carving from the various periods.

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Nov 22, 2012

National museum of Damascus

This museum has 5000 years history. But is it builded at 1939.
Frýnt side is originally Umayyad castle Qasr al-Heir al Garbi's front side. It was in the desert before. At Ottoman period they carried some monuments to Istanbul.

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Tuna_ank
Dec 21, 2008

National Museum

The National Museum of Damascus is the largest museum in Syria. Many of the country's great archaelogical treasures are exhibited here, including the Hypogeum of Yarhai brought here from Palmyra.

Open: Apr-Sept 9am-6pm, Oct-Mar 9am-4pm. Closed Tuesday.

Admission: S£300

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Apr 13, 2007
 
 
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The National Museum, Damascus

If you're into history then this is a must! Have a guided tour though so that you pick up all those lttle extras.
There's no photography.
Also, this museum is rather....mmm....'flat' ---nothing is interactive, no AV aides etc.

If you're visiting Palmyra later during your stay then do go down to the reassembled tomb here at the museum. You cannot take photos but.... if you're the last to leave the tomb chamber....

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crazyman2
Aug 16, 2006

The National Museum

As far as collections are concerned, this one is extensive. So much so that the whole area outside the museum building is stuffed with pieces. The variety is quite extensive - though the only problem is the labeling. All is in Arabic, much is in French, and some is in English. There are more than one notable displays, so be sure to explore the museum in it's entirety.

RblWthACoz
Mar 28, 2006

National Museum in Damascus

We weren't allow to photograph the wonderful exhibit inside, which was a shame because the bookstore was so limited, but we did spend quite awhile in the garden area outside. The garden is full of eroded old statues that any average city in Europe or the USA would surely shelter in a museum exhibit with a special light overhead. The Museum inside is poorly presented horrible lighting and with labeling produce on an old typewriter (but labeling is in French, English, and Arabic), but the artifacts from all periods of history in Syria represent one of the world's great collections of priceless antiquity. The earliest alphabets are in a special protected vault here.

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atufft
Mar 24, 2006

the national museum

First of all a warning: if you decide to visit the museum, you better make sure you have several hours to spend there. As I'm not a museum freak i had decided beforehand the rooms I wanted to see: great plan, but mission impossible. I walked in the museum, decided to head for the Palmyra, Azem and Quran rooms, and ended up being taken through all the museum. It was great, but too much - however the museum security staff did not want to listen to my desires... they took me (in turns) to every room, showed me and explained everything! Argh! I left with my head full of details and dates I wasn't quite looking for. Entrance (january 2003) was 150 Syrian pounds.

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Jan 23, 2003

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Khan As'ad Pasha

Khan As’ad Pasha Khan Asad Pasha is an important monument in the walled city of Damascus, within the Bzouriyyeh Souk. It was built by the governor of Syria, Asad al Azem, in 1752,being used as a...
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