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Before and After ISIS: Heartbreaking Photos Of Destroyed Historical Monuments In Syria
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Before and After ISIS: Heartbreaking Photos Of Destroyed Historical Monuments In Syria

The Syrian war is not only infamous of its many casualties but also because of the destruction of the most beautiful ancient history sites found all over the country. A year after ISIS took it, the Syrian city of Palmyra was recently retaken by Syrian forces backed by Russian airstrikes. Previously known as home to many of the world’s most treasured historical sites, now many artifacts were destroyed by the Islamic state forces in an anti iconoclastic purge. Now, Joseph Eid, a photographer for AFP news agency who took photos of the site just two years ago, has posted before-and-after images of the damage done by the terrorist attack.

“Of course the Temple of Bel will never be the same,” Syria’s antiquities and historical monuments director, Mamoun Abdulkarim, told the Times Of Israel. “According to our experts, we will definitely be able to restore a third of the destroyed cella, or maybe even more if we carry out additional studies with UNESCO’s help…I invite archaeologists and experts everywhere to come work with us because this site is part of the ancient history and heritage of all humanity.”

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Temple of Bel before and after it was destroyed by Isis in September 2015

The Arc de Triomphe (Triumph’s Arch)

The Temple of Bel dated back to 32AD

Security officials at the same temple site

The Temple of Baal Shamin seen used to be visible through these two columns

The remains of Temple of Bel’s “Cella”

Ruins of a statue in the Palmyra museum

Picture taken in the Palymra museum showing defaced sculptures

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Anastasia
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6 years ago

so easy to destroy if you haven't built anything

Jkcanewton
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6 years ago

This reason alone should be a reason to wipe ISIS out!!!!

KatinkaMin
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6 years ago

There will always be ignorant and crazy extremists. You cant just wipe them out, because that will just create more of them. you can only try and cut of thier supply: their money, the people that flock to them, their communication. Isis is a Symptom and we in 'the west' have taken part in creating the problem.

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ArnoudLievers
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6 years ago

This is painfull indeed. Still it feels silly to worry about the ancient art, when you hear about what they do to the people. http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-35728424 this is the story from a man in Raqqa

MikiNyckel
Community Member
6 years ago

We focus on what they're doing to the people already, and that's good. I mean, good that it is made known. However, it's also good to see the other destruction as well. To show an all around view of their path of destruction. Anything to help every person stand against them.

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Anastasia
Community Member
6 years ago

so easy to destroy if you haven't built anything

Jkcanewton
Community Member
6 years ago

This reason alone should be a reason to wipe ISIS out!!!!

KatinkaMin
Community Member
6 years ago

There will always be ignorant and crazy extremists. You cant just wipe them out, because that will just create more of them. you can only try and cut of thier supply: their money, the people that flock to them, their communication. Isis is a Symptom and we in 'the west' have taken part in creating the problem.

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ArnoudLievers
Community Member
6 years ago

This is painfull indeed. Still it feels silly to worry about the ancient art, when you hear about what they do to the people. http://www.bbc.com/news/magazine-35728424 this is the story from a man in Raqqa

MikiNyckel
Community Member
6 years ago

We focus on what they're doing to the people already, and that's good. I mean, good that it is made known. However, it's also good to see the other destruction as well. To show an all around view of their path of destruction. Anything to help every person stand against them.

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