Temporary exhibitions

Voices of Palmyra

Palmyra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most emblematic cities of ancient Syria

Dates : 10.03.2023 - 14.01.2024



Palmyra, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is one of the most emblematic cities of ancient Syria. In the 1950s, it was excavated as part of the first major Swiss archaeological project abroad. Among the monuments studied from the Roman period is the temple of Baalshamîn, the «god of the heavens».

In 2015, a large part of the archaeological site was destroyed and ravaged by the terrorist organization “Islamic State”. Palmyra was devasted. Since 2017, an important archive, kept in the University of Lausanne, has made it possible to consider the virtual reconstruction of this exceptional heritage. Thanks to field documents, photographs and modern digital reconstruction techniques, the memory of Palmyra can, in part, be recovered and passed on to future generations.

This exhibition, created in partnership with the Institute of Archaeology and Classical Studies of the University of Lausanne, takes you on a journey through the voices, past and present, of those who knew Palmyra, for having worked or lived there. An exhibition that links past, present and future.

A FIRST GLIMPSE OF THE EXHIBITION, thanks to the podcasts from Chahut Média (in French).


We kindly thank (in French)

La Ville de Nyon, le Service de la Culture et ses collaboratrices et collaborateurs, toute l’équipe du Musée romain de Nyon, l’Association Paul Collart au Proche-Orient (APCPO), Institut d’archéologie et des sciences de l’antiquité de l’Université de Lausanne, ALIPH-International alliance for the protection of heritage in conflict areas, Iconem, Institut du monde arabe (Paris), Ubisoft, Em+ - EPFL, EPFL Pavilions, Jenny Maggi (Université de Genève), Sabancı University (Istanbul, Turquie), InZone (UNGE), CARE, UNDP Syria, The Day After, les Amis des Musées de Nyon (AMN), l’Association des Membres et Amis de l’Institut Suisse de Rome, Anne Bielman, Pierre Ducrey, Sébastien Collart, François Barras, Jacques Bujard, Michel Al-Maqdissi, Hasan Ali, Luc Boissonnas, Ani Eblighatian, Sylvian Fachard, Denis Genequand, Rolf Stucky Jenny Maggi, Cédric Cramatte, Emanuele Ettore Intagliata, Amélie Mazzoni, Valentin Michellod, Nadia Spang-Bovey, Lou Pisani, Emanuela Sebastiani, Bartosz Markowski, Andreas Schmidt-Colinet, Jean-Luc Blondel

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