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

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.

Time Lapse Art

No, this photo wasn’t taken while traveling at warp speed – but it was moving pretty quickly relative to my reference frame. NASA Astronaut Don Petit captured this long-exposure shot from the International Space Station – the long light trails are the cities and light sources of the planet Earth recorded as they streak below the station, and the lights of the aurora and star trails are caught in the background as well. Not 100% sure but I think the single light bursts that don’t stretch out are lightning.

This image was shared as part of UNESCO’s 2015 Year of Light activities – focusing on the different types of science and art that we piece together or pull apart using the amazing properties of light.


Image credit: http://lightexhibit.org/bio_image45.html

More: http://eol.jsc.nasa.gov/

UNESCO extends Pompeii deadline

Rome, March 5 - Culture Minister Dario Franceschini on Thursday hailed UNESCO’s decision to extend until 2016 the deadline for completion of restoration at the world-famous archaeological site of Pompeii.

The so-called Great Pompeii Project was originally scheduled for completion this year.

“The UNESCO inspectors’ words are the rightful recognition of an effort that has been intense, scrupulous and methodical,” Franceschini said of the project launched by the government in 2013 with joint Italian and European Union funding to shore up the crumbling remains of the ancient Roman town buried by the eruption of Vesuvius in AD 79. The EU had earmarked a total of 105 million euros for Pompeii. Read more.


Gjirokastra is situated in the Drino valley which lies between the dramatic Lunxheria mountain range to the east and Mount Gjerë to the west.  It has a population of 35,000, and is the economic and administrative centre for the Gjirokastra District, which includes the town of Libohovë and communes of Antigone, Lower Dropulli, Upper Dropulli, Lazarat, Lunxhëri, Odrie, Picar, Pogon, Qendër Libohovë, and Zagori.