Raqqa Museum restored
The Raqqa Museum which was severely damaged by ISIS gangs, is being restored.
The Raqqa Museum which was severely damaged by ISIS gangs during 5 years of occupation of the city is being restored by the Tourism Committee under Raqqa Civil Council that continues its reconstruction works in the city.
The two-story museum with 7 halls will be renovated in three phases. During the first phase, the walls and roof of the museum will be restored. In the second phase, the yard, door, windows and substructure of the museum will be restored. Lastly, the exhibition hall will be restored.
The Museum of Raqqa, northeast of Syria, was housing the most prominent historical and archaeological items of the country; antique pieces, gold coins, coins, tablets, sculptures and human figures. All these were looted and destroyed following the ISIS invasion, while those looted were transported to Europe over Turkey, and sold.
The looted historical artefacts include Goddess Ishtar Statue dating back to 3000 BC as well as mosaics and pillars from the Roman period in Apamea.
Bullet holes are seen on the facade of the museum where military emplacements were formed. Behind the museum is a historical mosque, the entrance of which leading to the garden was set on fire, and the historical stones at the front entrance were dismembered.