Syria Photos show how much monuments have been destroyed by war

Syria used to be home to some invaluable sites, unfortunately they have been badly damaged by the Islamist forces.

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Charred remains of an ancient text play

Charred remains of an ancient text

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The Syrian city of Palmyra has just been recently retaken by Syrian forces backed by Russian airstrikes about a year after being taken by ISIS.

Syria was home to a lot of the most valuable and treasured historical sites in the world. Sadly, most of these have been destroyed by ISIS forces in an anti iconoclastic purge.

Joseph Eid, an AFP news agency photographer for who took photos of the site about two years ago, has released before and after photos of the sites showing the extent of the damages.

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Mamoun Abdulkarim, Syria’s antiquities director says that a third or more of the destroyed cella will be restored. 

1. The Temple of Bel:

Temple of Bel play

Temple of Bel

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The Temple of Bel dates as far back as 32AD.

Security officials at the site of the temple of Bel play

Security officials at the site of the temple of Bel

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The Temple of Bel play

The Temple of Bel

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The remains of Temple of Bel’s Cella play

The remains of Temple of Bel’s Cella

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2. Palymra museum:

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Picture showing defaced sculptures

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Defaced sculptures play

Defaced sculptures

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Ruins of a statue play

Ruins of a statue

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Ruins of a statue play

Ruins of a statue

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3. The Temple of Baal Shamin:

The Temple of Baal Shamin play

The Temple of Baal Shamin

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4. Triumph’s Arch:

Triumph’s Arch play

Triumph’s Arch

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