Register of Cultural Property

Our network of partners is quite diverse, built up by project partners, sponsors, organizations and initiatives. All of us have made it our task to protect Syria’s material and immaterial cultural heritage and ensure its sustainable maintenance for humanity.


The Archive is a Project of:



The Museum of Islamic Art in the Pergamon Museum (National Museums in Berlin/SMB-SPK) is one of the two sponsor organizations of the Syrian Heritage Archive Project. In November 2013 the Museum of Islamic Art and the German Archaeological Institute (DAI) joined efforts in Syrian Heritage Archive Project with the digitalization of documents/photographs in their archives. This website was created by the museum team of the Syrian Heritage Archive Project.

The German Archaeological Institute (DAI) and the Museum of Islamic Art are founding partners of the Syrian Heritage Archive Project in Berlin. The DAI forms the second subteam of the Syrian Heritage Archive Projects. While the employees for data storage and archiving completed their work at the end of 2017, some employees within the IT department continue to work on the Syrian Heritage Archive Project. This department provides the comprehensive digital research environment, iDAI.welt.



SyrHer is funded by:


Since the beginning of 2013 the Project for the Compilation of a Digital Register of Cultural Heritage/Projekt zur Erstellung digitaler Kulturgüterregister (Syrian Heritage Archive Project) has received generous funding from the Cultural Preservation Program of the German Foreign Office. Within the framework of this program, the Federal Republic of Germany has been supporting the preservation of cultural heritage all over the world since 1981.


SyrHer is managed by:



The Society of Friends at the Museum of Islamic Art in the Pergamon Museum/Freunde des Museums für Islamische Kunst im Pergamonmuseum e. V. – founded in 2009 – is committed to actively support the Museum of Islamic Art in its uniqueness and museum work. At the same time, the society promotes investigations on the many-faceted cultural heritage of Muslim societies as a contribution to global understanding and mutual exchange between cultures.


SyrHer cooperates with the following organizations:



The UNESCO project Safeguarding Syrian Cultural Heritage based in Beirut supports and coordinates emergency measures for securing Syrian World Heritage.


The International Centre for the Study of the Preservation and Restoration of the Cultural Property (ICCROM) is an intergovernmental organization consisting of 101 member states. It considers itself a research and training centre for experts of all nationalities. ICCROM has launched several training programs concerned with the protection of endangered cultural heritage in Syria.


The International Council on Monuments and Sites (ICOMOS) is a non-governmental organization engaged worldwide in the protection of historical monuments and preservation of historical cultural heritage. ICOMOS is our partner in the assessment and prevention of damage.



SyrHer cooperates with the following initiatives and projects:


ASOR stands for American Schools of Oriental Research. In 2015 we have co-signed an agreement on wide-ranging cultural cooperation with the Cultural Heritage Initiatives (CHI).



Heritage for Peace is an international NGO that regards cultural heritage as a common basis for cultural dialogue and an instrument of peace. We are cooperating with H4P especially in the assessment and mapping of damage of Syrian cultural heritage.


S h i r ī n is a worldwide-active initiative of scientists working in the fields of archaeology, art history and history of the Near East. Its aim is to link international teams active in Syria before 2011 in order to combine their competencies in comprehensive efforts towards the protection of historical buildings and monuments.


Within the framework of the Multaka project, Multaka. Museum as Meeting Point – Refugees as Guides in Berlin Museums/Multaka.Treffpunkt Museum – Geflüchtete als Guides in Berliner Museen, Syrian and Iraqi refugees are trained to be museum guides in order to offer dialogue-participative museum tours in their native language for Arabic-speaking refugees in four museums in Berlin. ‘Multaka’ (Arabic for ‘meeting point’) stands, among others, for exchange of different cultural and historical experiences.


The network of experts Archaeological Heritage Network bundles existing competencies in order to create synergy effects. In view of the current situation in crisis regions worldwide, the issue of cultural preservation is gaining in importance every day. The aim is not only to preserve, secure and protect priceless monuments but also to stimulate the economy by creating jobs in the field of cultural preservation and thus contribute to stabilisation in the host and partner countries.


The project Stunde Null – Eine Zukunft für die Zeit nach der Krise is the first joint project that the members of the Archaeological Heritage Network, financed by the Federal Foreign Office, launched in 2016. The aim is to build capacities and foundations for the post-crisis period in conflict and crisis-ridden countries.