In October/November 2009 I was fortunate enough to be able to visit Syria, on holiday. I visited a great many historical, archaeological and cultural sites, some independently and some with a group that I met in Damascus.
In view of the ongoing destruction of Syria’s cultural heritage, I’m posting some images of some of the stunning and important sites that are being lost to the world in the ongoing conflict. There’s no particular narrative attached to this, these are, essentially, holiday photos, but there are a part of the record of what we are all losing to war. This post focuses on the cultural cost of war, but, obviously still acknowledges the terrible cost in human lives, homes and livelihoods.
The Dead Cities .
Krac des Chevaliers
The Norias at Hama
Qal’at Salah al-Din
I wonder where this little girl is now. I hope she’s ok.
The marvelous Dura Europos
Darius leaves his mark
The city walls from the Citadel
The 1920s pontoon bridge from the Citadel
This cafe was out in the desert between Palmyra and Damascus.
Not far from the turn off for…
My best wishes go to all those affected by the ongoing conflict.
For more on the destruction of these sites, and more, there’s a very good FB news group – https://www.facebook.com/Archaeology.in.Syria.UNESCO.WHL
There is also a map showing the extent and types of damage to heritage sites here – http://goo.gl/cscNlP