Hear Syria’s first lady, Asma al-Assad speak about Syria as one of the oldest civilizations in the world, at the Paris Diplomatic Academy, 2010. “Today many come to Syria, some intellectuals, others adventurous and curious, wanting to see for themselves the physical evidence, left behind for thousands of years, of human interaction. ”
“But for Syrians – us locals – this heritage has a much more personal meaning. For a country that has such a vast and diverse history, it is not so much the hardware, the historical artifacts, the architecture, that make up who we are and define our character and personality. It is rather the software – the accumulation and interweaving of thousands of years of accumulation of values, customs, habits, traditions. And essentially, this is what these physical historical objects (from Palmyra, Damascus and other ancient sites in Syria, which is a country that has one of the oldest civilizations in the world) represent to us.” (Photo: The Telegraph)
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