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01 September 2015

UN confirms destruction of Temple of Bel

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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.

Temple of Bel, Palmyra. Source: Wikimedia

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>.

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