GEMA ART won in September 2010 the Open International Competition for “Organization and Implementation of Study Tours” to Syria for the experts of the High Commission for the Erbil Citadel Revitalization. GEMA ART GROUP a. s. prepared this special training project in close cooperation with the Syrian experts of the Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums of Damascus.

Since January 2010 the Citadel of Erbil in Iraq is due to its historical and cultural value on the Iraqi Tentative List of World Heritage Sites. The aim of the project was to train the experts of the High Commission for the Erbil Citadel Revitalization (HCECR), the institution responsible for this historical site which is entrusted by the Kurdistan Regional Government for managing and rehabilitating the Citadel of Erbil with a task to move ahead with the preparation of the nomination file. The study tour was realized to expose the participant to issues related to heritage management, especially with regards to the management of World Heritage Sites and their buffer zones.

GEMA ART prepared the training course program with the Syrian experts from the Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums of Damascus. The syllabus of the course program for 15 participants of the Study Tour to Syria composed of lectures focussed on the management of UNESCO and World Heritage Sites and meetings with relevant stakeholders responsible for the visited sites in Syria. During the Study Tour the participants acquaint themselves with Damascus historical sites, ancient water wheel systems in Hama, archaeological sites in Apamea and ancient Ebla, Aleppo monuments, museum of Raqqa and nearby brick factory belonging to the Directorate of Antiquities for production of the handmade low burned traditional bricks according to the different projects requirements, Qala’at Ja’abar, Salahaddin Citadel and Crack de Chevalier.

The second part of the Study Tour project was canceled due to the situation in Syria.

  • Address:

    Syria (Damascus, Hama, Apamea, Ebla, Aleppo, Raqqa, Salahaddin Citadel, Crack de Chevalier)

  • Client:

    UNESCO Office for Iraq

  • Description of the work:

    Study tour – training for preparation of the Erbil Citadel for the World Heritage nominative file

  • Realization: