This is basically what is being bombed right now or what it would eventually lead to. 

Yemen’s old city of Sana'a, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, has a distinctive visual character due its unique architectural characteristics, most notably expressed in its multi-storey buildings decorated with geometric patterns. These are the oldest cities in the world, culture and historical value so ancient and pristine, that it cannot be found elsewhere. 

4th pic: Wadi Dhar Rock Palace, Yemen

5th pic: Dragon trees on the Yemeni island of Socotra, off the Arabian Peninsula

Last pic: Peninsula At Socotra Island


Palmyra - Syria

Take a good hard look because all this is about to be destroyed!

Known as the ‘Venice of the Sands’, the ancient city of Palmyra dates back to at least the second millennium BCE, it’s even mentioned in the Bible & the Talmud.

It was designated as a UNESCO world heritage site in 1980.

Between the first & third century CE the city became very wealthy & prosperous as a leading trading centre after caravan traders from across Syria & the Roman & Persian empires used it as a station for their caravans. It was an important stop on the Silk Road.

Thanks to the prosperous economy the Palmyrenes were able to construct major projects including Hadrian’s Gate (first picture, it was visited by the Roman emperor Hadrian in 129 CE), the Roman theatre (third picture), the temple of Ba’al (fifth picture), & other important temples & monuments.

At its peak the city had over 200,000 inhabitants making it one of the largest cities of its time. The majority of its inhabitants were Arameans, Arabs, & Amorites with Greek, Roman, & Jewish minorities. The main languages spoken were Aramaic & Greek in the Palmyrene alphabet.

Palmyra was at one point one of the greatest civilizations in the world. It’s an immensely important cultural & historical site not just for Syrians but for humanity as a whole.

Palmyra is an archaeological global city & the international community has a responsibility to keep its artefacts in Palmyra where it belongs & defend it against ISIS” - Maamnoun Abdulkarim, director-general of the Syrian directorate of antiquities & museums

The city was seized by ISIS on May 20th 2015, they have pledged to destroy the city & all its historical sites & heritage. Unless the city is quickly retaken from ISIS it will be destroyed just like the Assyrian/Mesopotamian/Babylonian artefacts & ancient sites in Iraq!

Damage to the heritage of a country is damage to the soul of its people and its identity” - Irina Bokova, Director General of UNESCO 



PALMYRA (also known as Tadmor) is mentioned frequently in the news, as the so-called Islamic State is advancing on this ancient gem of a ruined city in Syria. The formerly prosperous metropolis of Palmyra is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, with good reason. From 44 BCE -272 CE, the city became a wealthy trade centre at the crossroads between Roman, Greek, and Persian cultures. 

Located in an oasis in the Syrian desert along key trade routes across the ancient world, it was an important hub for trade, and many caravans passed through this city, increasing its wealth. Its architecture and arts reflects the mix of styles and economic wealth. 

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Info by Jan van der Crabben on Ancient History Encyclopedia. Photos belong to their respective owners 

ISIS's Attack on Ancient History Is Called a 'War Crime'

Already notorious for videos of beheadings and executions, the extremist group that calls itself the Islamic State, or ISIS, has recently taken aim at archaeological ruins and relics in attacks that international leaders say amount to a “war crime.”

Last week, ISIS released a video of the group ransacking the Mosul Museum in northern Iraq. Yesterday (March 5), Iraq’s Ministry of Culture announced that ISIS had razed one of the famous capitals of the Assyrian empire, the 3,300-year-old city of Nimrud, near the banks of the Tigris River.

“The deliberate destruction of cultural heritage constitutes a war crime,” UNESCO director general Irina Bokova said in a statement today. Read more.


Czech UNESCO herritage sites: Prague (Praha)

Prague, the capital of the Czech Republic, is an important urban monument reservation. The historic core, 866 hectares in size, encompasses the unique city ensemble of the Prague Castle and Hradčany, Malá Strana (Lesser Side) including Karlův most (Charles Bridge), Staré Město (Old Town) with Josefov (the preserved section of the former Jewish Town), Nové Město (New Town), Vyšehrad and each of the monuments within these areas. It was inscribed in the UNESCO List in 1992. (x)

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Isis video shows jihadists destroying ancient UNESCO-protected city of Hatra

The Islamic State (Isis) has released a propaganda video purportedly showing its militants taking sledgehammers to Iraq’s UNESCO World Heritage city of Hatra.

The clip is the last in a series published by the jihadist group to advertise its iconoclastic fight against shrines, statues and artefacts of ancient civilisations, which it designates as “false idols” to be destroyed according to a strict interpretation of Islamic Law.

The slick seven-minute footage titled “smashing idols” begins with aerial footage of what appears to be the 2,000-year-old archaeological site in Iraq’s Nineveh governorate, some 290km north-west of Baghdad. Read more.

Cillian Murphy, a patron of the NUIG Child and Family Research Centre, has issued a joint statement with Director Pat Dolan criticising the divisive and unfair involvement of children’s issues in Ireland’s same sex marriage referendum debate. (X and X)

The forthcoming same sex marriage referendum relates to adults’ human right to marry whom they chose regardless of sexual orientation. Divisive negative issues raised in relation to children and their welfare are being used to deflect from the core question in the referendum. The position of the UNESCO Child and Family Research Centre at NUI Galway and its patron is that the most essential factor for a child or adolescent is that they have a loving, consistent and caring parent or parents who cater for their physical, intellectual, emotional, and social needs. This point of view is supported by a wealth of well-respected international research.

The Centre’s position is the achievement of young people’s rights requires that their hopes and wishes for their future be realised regardless of their sexual orientation, and inclusive of their rights to marry. Despite the fact that our centre has trained young researchers with a view on this matter, it is notable that just as in the case of the Children’s Referendum in 2013, the voice and opinion of young people is in the main absent in the discourse, despite adults purporting to represent their interests.

Professor Pat Dolan, Director
Cillian Murphy, Patron

This is Mount Roraima in the Pacaraima Mountains. It lies on the border of three Countries; Venezuela, Brazil and Guyana. It is part of Venezuela’s Canaima National Park which is also home to the beautiful Angel Falls and is a UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Mount Roraima’s flat surface is surrounded by 400 metre high sheer cliff faces andits highest point is is Maverick Rock at 2,810 meters.

Im many photos and satellite imagery, Mount Roraima is surrounded or engulfed by clouds. This is because the area is surrounded by thick rainforest. Tropical heat causes the moisture from the rainforest to rise and condense over and around the mountain as heavy clouds. As a result, Mount Roraima is almost always in clouds and it rains nearly every day.


For more photos see: http://beautifulplacestovisit.com/mountains/mount-roraima-venezuela/

Photo courtesy of: Uwe George, National Geographic Society