Before and After – Shocking Photos of Cultural Heritage Destroyed by ISIS

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For most of us it’s hard to understand what makes the violent lunatics of ISIS tick. One thing’s for sure though, their beliefs and methods are respected by no one of any faith. And just how far they will go to prove an insane belief system is nothing short of staggering.

Islamist militants in Syria have not only declared war on basically every country on earth, except for whatever country they happen to be in at that moment. But they also continue their war on the region’s cultural heritage, attacking archaeological sites with bulldozers and explosives.

5 years after the start of the war ravaging Syria, Lebanese photographer Joseph Eid, a reporter for the AFP, wanted to document the many historical monuments destroyed by the ISIS group. With this shocking series of before/after photographs, separated by only two years, Joseph Eid reveals the disastrous state of these priceless monuments, considered as heritage of humanity…

The Temple of Bel (dating back to 32AD) before and after it was destroyed by Isis in September 2015

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The Temple of Baal was an ancient temple consecrated to the Mesopotamian god Bel and formed the center of religious life in Palmyra

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The Arc du Triomphe

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

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The Great Colonnade at Palmyra was the main avenue in the ancient city of Palmyra. It was built in several stages during the second and third century CE and stretched for more than a kilometer.

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Picture taken in the Palymra museum showing defaced sculptures

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

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Destroyed stone sarcophagus of Catholic Saint Elian al-Qaryatain, Syria

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The devastated town of al-Qaryatain, Syria after Syrian troops regained control from IS group.

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