IS damages ancient Temple of Bel in Syria’s Palmyra

Islamic State (IS) militant group has destroyed part of historical Temple of Bel in the ancient site of Palmyra in Syria.

The ancient temple was dedicated to the Palmyrene gods and was one of the best preserved parts of the historical sites of Palmyra.

Key facts

  • The ancient site of Palmyra in ancient times was one of the most important cultural centres and now has monumental ruins of great ancient city.
  • The site boasts a number of monumental projects including more than thousand columns and more than 500 tombs.
  • The art and architecture of this city is blend of Greco-Roman techniques with combination of local traditions and Persian influences, dating back to the 1st and 2nd centuries.
  • The ancient city of Palmyra is a UNESCO World Heritage site. It was a major tourist attraction of Syria before it descended into civil war.

Earlier in August 2015, IS militant group had destroyed the ancient Temple of Baalshamin in same region of Palmyra.

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