01 September 2015
UN confirms destruction of Temple of Bel
Satelite images confirms that IS has largely destroyed the Temple of Bel in Palmyra. This was confirmed by the United Nations on Monday.
A powerful explosion on Sunday was believed to have been the result of IS targeting the Temple of Bel, but the extent of the damage was not immediately clear. However, UN satellite analysts Unosat say the image shows almost nothing remains of the ancient temple.
- Palmyra's Temple of Bel destroyed, says UN - 1 September 2015, BBC News
- Isis destruction of Palmyra's Temple of Bel revealed in satellite images - The Guardian, 1 September 2015
- Islamic State destroys part of Syria's Temple of Bel: monitors - Reuters, 31 August 2015
- Satellit-billeder bekræfter ødelæggelser på Palmyra-tempel - DR.dk, 1 September 2015
The Temple of Bel (from the Semitic world meaning "lord") stands out as the cultural and religious landmark of the city, beside its Roman theater, and its is considered as one of the most famous temples in the ancient Near-East. The Roman-Era religious monument was constructed in the 1st century AD and it was dedicated to the worship of local deities being the heart of the religious life at the ancient city. Its mixed Greco-Roman and Eastern architectural features made it a truly architectural icon and an important element of the shared world heritage in Syria.
Palmyra is inscribed on UNESCO's World Heritage List - read more about Palmyra on UNESCO WHL website<http://whc.unesco.org/en/list/23>.
- Last week, another important temple (Bel Shamin tempel) was blown up by IS militants - see http://hisd.tors.ku.dk/news/24-august-2015/
- Recently the IS militants have beheaded the former chief of antiquities in Palmyra, Khalid al-Asaad - see: http://hisd.tors.ku.dk/news/21-august-2015/
- In June the militants placed mines in several places of the ancient city Palmyra, including the Ball-Shamin temple and destroyed a key monumental sculpture in the city, the Lion Of Allat - see: http://hisd.tors.ku.dk/news/update-june-2015/