Cultural monuments throughout Syria, like this mosque in Azaz north of Aleppo, have been damaged by shelling, gunfire, and ongoing violence.
Mark Antony and Cleopatra once visited the column-lined streets of the Roman city Apamea, now located near the modern Syrian city of Hama. This year in separate incidents the ruins of Apamea were shelled and looted—mosaics and column capitals reportedly stolen.
Both government troops and rebels have occupied citadels like Qala’at al-Hosn, known to the world as Krak des Chevalier. Ancient buildings are now enmeshed in a modern war, attracting enemy fire. More.