Progetto Shayzar: Study and valorisation

a Muslim citadel of the Middle Orontes (Syria)

The citadel of Shayzar is one of the best examples of Muslim military architecture to survive in the Near East. 

The passage of time is now affecting this important fortification.

In 2002, therefore, a conservation programme was developed on the basis of an agreement made between the Directorate General of Antiquities and the Museums of the Arabic Republic of Syria, and the University Ca’ Foscari of Venice.

A number of studies--historical, archaeological, architectural--as well as structural and other related technical studies, were then conducted at the site by a joint team of Syrian and Italian investigators.  Based on the results of the data collected, since 2004 a number of projects of restoration have been begun at the citadel which will continue during the next several years.

The work envisaged includes stabilising the structure, and then conserving and restoring it, so that the citadel may eventually be opened to the public.  These efforts will preserve Shayzar for future generations and permit the development of a sustainable centre of tourism.

The Italian team is directed by Cristina Tonghini.  As far as the Syrian part is concerned, the project is under the supervision of Arch. Majed al-Hjazi, Directorate General of Antiquities and Museums in the Arabic Republic of Syria, Department of Hama.