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The Columns of Palmyra

main colonade at night

The chaos in the middle east created by the American-led invasion of Iraq in 2003 has not only ravaged its population, it now threatens the very institutions of democracy in the industrial world as right wing nationalism is fed by the mass migration of refugees fleeing the region. While the destruction of monuments cannot be compared to the destruction and division of societies in all of our affected nations, for many the loss of such architectural heritage is one more sign that the liberal world, born of the age of enlightenment, is coming to an end. Much of the architecture on this page, having survived almost 2 millennia, has now been reduced to rubble.


The complete album of Syrian photos is here .

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