UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Syria

Syria UNESCO World Heritage Sites

The UNESCO Sites in Syria have recognized 6 cultural and natural landmarks as UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Syria and 12 locations on the Syria UNESCO tentative list. These tourist sites in Syria are acknowledged for their unique and valuable cultural, natural, artistic, and historical significance and are preserved for future generations.

In addition to these 6 sites in the Syria UNESCO list, there are many other places to travel to Syria that are being considered for UNESCO recognition. These sites, listed on the tentative list, showcase the country’s rich cultural heritage and are waiting for approval to join the prestigious and famous World Heritage Sites list.

To help visitors discover these remarkable Syria tourist attractions, we have put together an interactive map of the UNESCO sites in Syria.

Syria UNESCO Map

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Syria UNESCO Map

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Syria

There are 6 UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Syria. All of these six sites are listed under the Cultural category.

  • Ancient City of Damascus
  • Ancient City of Bosra
  • Site of Palmyra
  • Ancient City of Aleppo
  • Crac des Chevaliers and Qal’at Salah El-Din
  • Ancient Villages of Northern Syria

UNESCO World Heritage Sites in Syria are protected locations for their cultural and natural importance.

Ancient City of Aleppo

A cultural UNESCO World Heritage Site in Syria that was inscribed in 1983. It is home to the Citadel of Aleppo, and the Al-Madina Souq and its historical significance lies in its largely intact buildings and structures, such as medieval buildings, souqs, alleys, caravanserais, and mansions, since its establishment in the 12th century.

Ancient City of Bosra

A cultural site that was inscribed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site in 1980. It experienced growth during the Roman period and served as a trade and pilgrimage route. It was also the seat of the archbishop during the Byzantine period.

Ancient City of Damascus

Syria’s capital and largest city is also recognized as one of the oldest inhabited cities in the world and a cultural center in the Arab world. It was designated a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its cultural significance.

Ancient Villages of Northern Syria

Aims to preserve the remains of a rural society from late antiquity and early Christianity. This UNESCO site has several ruins, including basilicas, bathhouses, pilgrim dwellings, and Roman tombs.

Crac des Chevaliers and Qalat Salah El-Din

Cultural UNESCO site consists of secular structures and military fortifications and is considered the most significant example of Crusader fortresses that still exists today.

Site of Palmyra

UNESCO World Heritage Site in Syria is managed by the Syrian Ministry of Culture. It was founded in the 2nd millennium BC and has survived various civilizations, including the Aramaic, Arabic, and Greco-Romans.

Syria UNESCO tentative list

  1. Noréas de Hama
  2. Ugrarit (Tell Shamra)
  3. Ebla (Tell Mardikh)
  4. Mari (Tell Hariri)
  5. Dura Europos
  6. Apamée (Afamia)
  7. Un Château du désert : Qasr al-Hayr ach-Charqi
  8. Maaloula
  9. Tartus : la cité-citadelle des Croisés
  10. Raqqa-Ràfiqa : la cité abbasside
  11. L’île d’Arwad
  12. Mari & Europos-Dura sites of Euphrates Valley

Tours in Syria

Our choices of tours in Syria are divided into thematic features such as The Ancient City of Aleppo, The Ancient City of Bosra, The Ancient City of Damascus, The Ancient Villages of Northern, and the Crac des Chevaliers and Qal’at Salah El-Din Experience.