State of Conservation (SOC)
Ancient City of Damascus (1997)
UNESCO Extra-Budgetary Funds
International Assistance granted to the property
Total Amount Ap proved:106,800USD
|1994||Equipment for the restoration of the Citadel of Damascus||19,500 USD|
|1993||Financial contribution to the consolidation works in the Ancient ...||19,500 USD|
|1981||Conservation work in the City of Damascus||67,800 USD|
November-December 1995: experts mission; August 1997: UNESCO experts mission
Factors* affecting the property identified in previous reports
Current conservation issues
In August 1997, three UNESCO experts undertook a mission to the site in co-operation with the Syrian authorities and jointly examined the offers to the tender that the Ministry of Awqaf had launched for the underground consolidation work of Tekiya Suleymaniah. Since no appropriate offers to the tender were received, their work could not be accomplished. In their mission report submitted to the authorities, the experts strongly recommended that any consolidation work should be preceded by careful studies taking into account the whole structure and the specificity of the building and not just the decrease in groundwater level.
Link to the decision
VII.55 The Committee noted the decisions of the twenty-first extraordinary session of the Bureau on the following cultural properties as reflected in the report of the Bureau session, Working Documents WHC-97/CONF.208/4B Section III.C.c):
Joya de Ceren Archaeological Site (El Salvador)
Le Canal du Midi (France)
Mont-Saint-Michel and its Bay (France)
Ashanti Traditional Buildings (Ghana)
Maya Site of Copan (Honduras)
Agra Fort, Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri (India)
Quseir Amra (Jordan)
Town of Luang Prabang (Lao People's Democratic Republic)
Pre-Hispanic City of Teotihuacan (Mexico)
Ilha de Mozambique (Mozambique)
Baroque Churches of the Philippines (Philippines)
Old Town of Segovia and its Aqueduct (Spain)
Cultural World Heritage sites in Sri Lanka
Ancient City of Damascus (Syrian Arab Republic)
Historic Areas of Istanbul (Turkey)
Itchan Kala, Historic Centre of Bukhara (Uzbekistan)
Shibam and Zabid (Yemen).
The Bureau may wish to transmit the report to the Committee for examination and recommend the following for adoption:
"After having taken note of the report of the Secretariat concerning the situation at Tekiya Souleymaniah in the Ancient City of Damascus, the Committee thanks the Syrian authorities for having co-operated with the UNESCO experts, and requests them to prepare the next tender in cooperation with UNESCO, in order to proceed with the project in the light of its experts' recommendations and inform the Secretariat before 31 March 1998 of the progress made."
Syrian Arab Republic
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Inscription on the Danger ListYear: 2013
The threats indicated are listed in alphabetical order; their order does not constitute a classification according to the importance of their impact on the property.
Furthermore, they are presented irrespective of the type of threat faced by the property, i.e. with specific and proven imminent danger (“ascertained danger”) or with threats which could have deleterious effects on the property’s Outstanding Universal Value (“potential danger”).