In 2019, the world recognized the exceptional cultural heritage associated with the Damascene Rose in the Syrian Arab Republic. The Practices and Craftsmanship linked to this captivating flower were inscribed on the Representative List of the Intangible Cultural Heritage of Humanity by UNESCO. This prestigious recognition celebrates the centuries-old traditions, knowledge, and craftsmanship that have been passed down through generations.
The UNESCO inscription acknowledges the profound impact of the Damascene Rose on the cultural identity and heritage of the Syrian Arab Republic. It honours the skilled artisans, farmers, distillers, and practitioners who have dedicated their lives to preserving and promoting the traditions associated with this remarkable flower.
The Damascene Rose holds a special place in Syrian culture, serving as a symbol of beauty, love, and resilience. The meticulous cultivation techniques, the artistry of distillation, and the craftsmanship involved in creating exquisite rose-inspired products all contribute to the richness of this cultural heritage.
Within the Royal Museums of Turin, the celebration of the Damascene Rose’s UNESCO inscription extends to the magnificent garden that envelops this exhibition. Here, hundreds of Damascene Rose shrubs sourced from Syria bloom, representing a living connection to the cultural heritage recognized by UNESCO. This garden is not only a tribute to the beauty of the Damascene Rose but also a testament to the museum’s dedication to preserving and promoting this treasured legacy.
This UNESCO recognition not only highlights the importance of the Damascene Rose on a global scale but also reinforces the need for its preservation and safeguarding. It underscores the significance of the Damascene Rose garden within the Royal Museums of Turin, serving as a living exhibit that showcases the ongoing commitment to conservation and the celebration of this extraordinary flower.
By celebrating the UNESCO inscription and the presence of the Damascene Rose garden within the Royal Museums of Turin, we recognise the enduring value of this remarkable flower and the cultural significance it holds. Let us honour the artisans and practitioners who have upheld this tradition, ensuring that the Practices and Craftsmanship associated with the Damascene Rose in the Syrian Arab Republic thrive for generations to come.
In the language of flowers, it whispers secrets untold,
Unveiling the mysteries of love, pure and bold.
Let the scent of this rose intoxicate your being,
Awakening your spirit to the joy of seeing