A photographer holds a 2014 photo of the Arch of Triumph in front of the remains of the historic Syrian monument, destroyed by ISIS in October 2015.
For centuries, invaders, religious fanatics and colonizers have intentionally targeted works of art, houses of worship and other pieces of heritage. The goal is often to uproot, eliminate, replace or impose control over the culture and heritage of their opponents.
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Baal Shamin Temple
The Temple of Baal Shamin, another ancient site in Palmyra, was targeted and destroyed by ISIS militants in the summer of 2015. These two satellite images confirm that the temple was completely leveled.