Great monuments lost in modern conflicts
Since early 2000 most countries included in the Middle Eastern and North African regions have been subjected to conflicts, wars and bombings, which have been destroying cities, towns and villages to the ground.
The Golden Scope has always thought that the Muslim/Arab culture is absolutely fascinating and wonderful. So we decided to dedicate an article to all those iconic monuments, buildings and historical towns that were bombed to bits and that you will never be able to see.
All the places described below were treasures of early human civilizations, and used to represent and embody the evolution of the local culture from the very beginning of the human race until up to today—or at least up to the date they were wiped out.
GREAT MOSQUE OF SAMARRA, IRAQ
The Great Mosque of Samarra was considered the largest mosque in the world, and it can be dated back to the 9th century. It was built right on the Tigris River in north of Baghdad. This beautiful building was destroyed in 2005.
THE BUDDHAS OF BAMIYAN, AFGHANISTAN
The Buddhas of Bamiyan were among the tallest standing Buddhas in the world reaching 53 meters (the tallest one) and 35 metres (the “smaller” one). Before the Taliban destroyed them with dynamite, the statues had survived for over 1,500 years.
NORIAS OF HAMA, SYRIA
The Norias are a 20-meter wide water wheels that were built around the 5th century, representing an ingenious early irrigation system. They were burned by fighters in 2014.
Nimrud was an ancient Assyrian city located around the Nineveh Province. Needless to say that the city was home to great historical monuments and buildings, all of which were annihilated during the invasion in 2003.
Established in 630 BC. Cyrene was a city that represented a mix of Roman and Greek architecture. It was destroyed during the Libyan civil revolution.
MUSEUM OF ISLAMIC ART, EGYPT
The museum was first built in 1881 and it held some of the important pieces related to the Islamic history—100,000 to be more precise. During the civil revolution a car bomb blew up nearby and highly damaged the museum.
(Source: CNN; All photos are taken from GoogleImage.com and they all belong to their original owners)