A unique Phoenician city that has not been
witnessed before on the coast of the
Mediterranean…. It is comprised of a
stadium that surpasses time wise the stadium of Olympia in
Greece. And spectacular tombs that remain till this date
as evidence of its inhabitance, and a temple with a spring
of life flowing from its depth.
Amrit ships cross the seas carrying its trade mark purple,
Alphabet and History to the ancient world.
In it Alexander the great settled, and from there he moved
to conquer the world.
Excavating the Phoenician creativity does not require but
raising a thin layer of debris for its soil to reveal its
full secrets that inspires oh, and captures the mind.
It is shocking to know that archaeologists have been
absent, for a long time, from this magical city. It is
shocking to know that one could sleep after seeing it
while the blood of its inhabitance still running in its
veins. What shocks the most is the ability of its
predecessors could destroy it and bury it under a touristy
Amrit is our city!!! And this is our last chance to lift
it from oblivion to existence. And to shine among its
peers Ebla, Mari and Ugarit as a pearl in a necklace
decorating Syria’s chest.
Today a Syrian national team of archaeologists is working
here, and despite their depleted numbers and tools they
were able in a few weeks to uncover fractions of dust
covering its beautiful face, the face that lies under an
area measuring ten square kilometers. The archaeologists
were able to locate Azar’s unique mausoleums. In which one
would see a perfect resting place.
We all stand on a crossroads…
A road leading to cultural tourism investment based
on rehabilitating our archaeological sites to become a
true tourist attraction to a country whose future’s
prosperity depends on it. For this to be done we should
support the Archaeologists with volunteering and finance.
As a result Amrit should be enrolled under the UNESCO’s
list of the world archaeological sites.
The second road is to allow the bulldozers to
destroy this Phoenician city that happens to be one of a
kind. To allow the suspicious tourism projects to
replace beauty and culture with miserable blocks of
concrete. These extemporaneously projects could serve the
interest of a few people for a short term while causing
major and permanent damage to the economy and the future
of the inhabitance.
Tourism is not hotels and restaurants, which could be
found in any country, it is the cultural relics that
distinguish our country from most of the world.
So which road do you choose? We are all the people of this
county and we are all involved