10 Monuments Destroyed by War

War in itself is a very destructive force. The magnificence of many a building may vanish over the drop of artillery or gunfire. Many instances of buildings and monuments being protected/camouflaged to evade the wrath of war have been witnessed. The notable one being the Taj Mahal being engulfed in scaffold, to be inconspicuous to bombing aircrafts. Here we put together a list of monuments destroyed by war which highlight the wrath of war on history, and the loss of heritage monuments in light of the same, some as recent as 2015. #10 Apamea, Syria Apamea, the ancient “Treasure City,” sits on the bank of Syria’s Orontes River. It was once home to the kings of the Seleucid Empire, and it later housed the Romans, growing to a population of 500,000. More than a millennium later, it rose again, now as a base during the Crusades. Its magnificent paved streets, beautiful mosaics, and bright white columns carved with intricate designs were a sight to behold. Its long history made it one of the Middle East’s most important archaeological sites. During the current conflict in Syria, Apamea has been damaged to such an extent that many historians believe it can never be restored. Not only has Apamea been devastated by bombing, there have also been those who have taken advantage of the chaos by ransacking the ancient city, looting its treasures. The site now lies ravaged, its columns broken and its mosaics smashed. #9 The Buddhas of Bamiyan, Afghanistan The Buddhas of Bamiyan were two 6th-century monumental statues of standing buddha carved into the side of a cliff in the...
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