Aleteia logoAleteia logoAleteia
Tuesday 23 April |
Saint of the Day: St. George
Aleteia logo
separateurCreated with Sketch.

Ancient faces of faith: Rare Syrian treasures on exhibit

WEB3 – Terra Sancta Museum – Faces from Palmyra in Aquileia – TSM001 – 00000324_SB-00324_ANGE_0340 – 4×2

Terra Sancta Museum

Lucandrea Massaro - published on 07/14/17

An exhibition at Aquileia unveils artistic and cultural treasures.

The beauty of Palmyra is that of Near Eastern Christianity, the oldest Christian tradition, already 2,000 years old. Christians living in Iraqi and Syrian territories often struggle to keep their ancient faith and traditions alive, this probably being the reason they are often more vocal about them than other Christian communities around the world.

Read more:
Palmyra: Not All the Precious Artifacts of Ancient City Were Destroyed

In order to make this millennia-long history better known, the Terra Sancta Museum has lent some of its treasures to the exhibition “Faces of Palmira in Aquileia,” taking place from July 1 to October 1 at the National Archaeological Museum of Aquileia, Italy.

Some of the pieces lent by the Terra Sancta Museum include 4 funerary reliefs, some sculptures depicting priests, 3 mosaics and around 30 clay amulets. The Vatican Museums and other Italian institutions also will add some of their own pieces to the exhibition.

Read more:
WATCH — Palmyra after ISIS: St. Petersburg Orchestra Performs at Site of Executions

Go through the slideshow to admire some of the splendid finds that will be displayed in the exhibition, testimonies of the faith and culture of Near Eastern Christianity.

ArchaeologyArtChristians in the Middle EastChurch History
Enjoying your time on Aleteia?

Articles like these are sponsored free for every Catholic through the support of generous readers just like you.

Help us continue to bring the Gospel to people everywhere through uplifting Catholic news, stories, spirituality, and more.

Daily prayer
And today we celebrate...

Top 10
See More
Get Aleteia delivered to your inbox. Subscribe here.