6 famous Monuments Destroyed By War

  1. The Ancient City of Bosra, Syria

According to archaeologists, the ancient city of Bosra and specifically the theater were severally damaged by mortar shelling and gunfire during the recent war in Syr


  1. Buddhas of Bamiyan, Afghanistan

Located on the Silk Road, the two famous statues measured 53 meters tall (173 ft) and 35 meters tall (114 ft). The statues were blown using dynamite in March 2001 by the Taliban.


  1. Palmyra (Tadmor), Syria

The city is even mentioned in the Hebrew Bible under the name Tadmor as a desert city built by King Solomon.

In 2015, during the Syrian Civil War, ISIS destroyed large parts of Palmyra, including the Temple of Bel, the Temple of Baalshamin, the Tower of Elahbel, the Monumental Arch, many large statues, and more.


  1. Krak des Chevaliers, Syria

They were damaged during the Syrian Civil War, as the castle’s strategic location as well as its actual structure were used in the fighting by both the rebel forces and later by the Syrian army.


  1. Cyrene, Libya

It was nicknamed “Athens of Africa”. The ruins of Cyrene are an UNESCO World Heritage Site and known to be some of the best preserved from that period, including the city’s unique necropolis complex. During the Libyan civil war, parts of the UNESCO Heritage Site were destroyed.


  1. Jonah’s Tomb, Mosul, Iraq

Located just outside the walls of ancient Nineveh, Jonah’s Tomb was believed to be the burial place of the biblical Jonah.

In 2014, ISIS completely blow up the site, claiming it became a place for apostasy and not prayer.


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