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24 August 2015

IS destroys ancient temple in Palmyra

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According to the official sources of Directorate-General of Antiquities & Museums (DGAM) and monitoring groups, IS militants have blown up the Temple of Baal-Shamin at the 2000 years old Roman Era Palmyra.

The explosion took place yesterday night by use of a large quantity of explosives. The explosion have caused much damage to the religious complex in particular the cella and the surrounding columns. See also: (

The Temple of Baal-Shamin. Source: Wikipedia.

The Baal-Shamin temple (The Lord of Heavens worshipped by the Phoenicians in the region in ancient times) dates back to the 1st century AD and it was renovated and enlarged under the rule of the Roman Empror Hadrian (130 AD) and was converted to a church during the Classical Era. The temple is considered to be of outstanding architectural value and it has great significance for the shared world heritage in Syria, and it has a great importance to the locals.

Recently the IS militants have beheaded the former chief of antiquities in Palmyra, Khalid al-Asaad (see:

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:

Palmyra is inscribed on UNESCO World Heritage List - read more about Palmyra on UNESCO WHL website.

See also:

Isis in Palmyra: Extremist fighters 'destroy ancient city temple' - The Independent, 24 August 2015

Palmyra's Baalshamin temple 'blown up by IS' - BBC, 24 August 2015