Yesterday, a team of French architects and archaeologists arrived in Syria to help rebuild Krak des Chevaliers, a historic castle in western Homs partially destroyed by clashes.

The French experts were invited by Maamoun Abdulkarim, Syria’s antiquities chief who has also been instrumental in salvaging UNESCO sites in recently liberated Palmyra.

Krak des Chevaliers castle – another UNESCO site – was seized by rebels in 2014 but subsequently recaptured by government troops, leaving it heavily damaged by mortar fire.

“Sadly, there is really a lot of work to do,” said Jacques Seigne, Emeritus Research Director at France’s National Center for Scientific Research (CNRS) upon assessing the damages.

Jacques Seigne and his French team will be training young Syrian architects and archaeologists in restoration techniques for the next 12 months.

The Syrian castle sits on a hill overlooking northern Lebanon and was used by crusader powers during the Middle Ages as an impregnable fortification.

Krak des Chevaliers

“Restoration work requires techniques and financing, of course, but one of the greatest aspects of restoration work is the human element,” Seigne said.

Seigne is working with Sawa Consulting, which works on cultural projects in conflict zones, to deliver the training across accessible parts of Syria.

A military map featuring the current frontlines in Homs province – including the position of Krak des Chevaliers castle – can be seen here.

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Tutturreddu
Tutturreddu
2016-05-27 08:04

The ones who support rebels????

Berlin
Berlin
2016-05-27 09:07
Reply to  Tutturreddu

Not every Frenchman, Englishman or German is supporting Syria’s enemies. In contrast to that many people realising how the politicians and the MSM telling lies and hoping for strong syrian state.

So i think it os absolutely positive, when Syrians and French working together in this issue.

daeshit sucks
daeshit sucks
2016-05-27 11:02
Reply to  Berlin

+1, Berlin. But the problem is our common bullying “alliee”, especially in western Europe, which controls huge parts of our economies since the end of WW2… BTW, who funded Hitler’s rise? US banks… European countries, especially Germany and France know too well all this s**t, we’ve seen it before…

daeshit sucks
daeshit sucks
2016-05-27 09:16
Reply to  Tutturreddu

To my knowledge, my govt ony supports the kurds/SDF, although they’ve been a little tricked by our US “friends” (fiends?) in the way you say at the beginning, thanks to idiotic Sarkozy…

Libyan National Army
Newbie
Libyan National Army
2016-05-27 11:37
Reply to  Tutturreddu

I believe the French should take full responsibility of this, their Government fueled this mess, They and friends should fix this on their own..

daeshit sucks
daeshit sucks
2016-05-27 10:44

A positve thing, at least! When it comes to culture, nobody can beat the frenchs 🙂
Typical french middle-ages castel architecture, one of the most beautiful one, maybe the most majestuous of all, according to Thomas Lawrence. It was also know as “Castle of the Kurds” or “Crac de l’Ospital”. What a scenary from the towers!
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