New: Video circulating on Internet of destroyed ancient area of Aleppo as of December 2016. A man says , ‘Apology to, sorry for Aleppo”, a woman explains, ‘this was once a UNESCO World Heritage Site’, a man names the stores and a mosque. A Russian and Syrian national flag is in the rubble.
Catastrophic damage of the Citadel, ancient souq, centuries-old palaces and houses has been an on-going tragedy during the Syrian revolution. (See here and end of this article.) Beyond human life, there is heritage; it is fragile and teeters on the brink of destruction. Human life and history is being destroyed as I write these few sentences. Beyond the horrific pictures, there is my memory; a minuscule record of beautiful Syria.
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Follow this link to pre-revolutionary photo journey of 16th-19th century palace/boutique hotels. – -Excerpts from article written for Egypt Today Magazine, May 2009.
Update on destruction of Syrian antiquities :http://academia.edu/3847691/DGAM_-_Damage_Report_June_2013
Destruction of best preserved crusader castle: Krak des Chevaliers
Read more about Syria’s history and archaeology at Monuments of Syria A Window of Syria’s Past by Ross Burns.