The Abandoned Syrian Headquarters

Updated: Aug 17, 2021

One of the most interesting places in the Golan Heights is the abandoned Syrian Headquarters.

When Israel conquered the Golan Heights in 1967 the IDF found in the deserted Syrian headquarters ammunition and papers. The IDF settled there for several years but due to agreements following the Yom Kippur war (1973), left it and it remained deserted until the present. Over the years it was covered with fascinating Grafitti. Walking down the corridors of the abandoned headquarters (it has three stories) is fascinating and chilling.

Another very interesting story regarding this place: Eli Cohen, the famous Israeli spy in Syria, who was finally caught and executed visited the place in 1962. To honor him a statue of a lock was placed in front of the building. It symbolizes the way he succeeded to unlock the Syrian secrets and simultaneously the way he locked his knowledge and secrets when he was caught.

And as in many other places in the Golan Heights, the view from the headquarters is spectacular

Enjoy 🤗