Ancient Ruins destroyed

URGENT: ISIL destroys Mosque of Biblical Jonah, Prophet Yunus

http://www.iraqinews.com/features/urgent-isil-destroys-mosque-biblical-jonah-prophet-yunus/

Before and after the demolition of the Mosque of Biblical Jonah, Prophet YunusThe shrine during the bombing 1The shrine during the bombing 3The shrine during the bombing 4The shrine after the demolition.On Wednesday ISIL destroyed the 1400 year old Imam Yahya Abul Qasim Mosque in Mosul:

ISIL has been rampaging through Iraq, destroying world-famous antiquities and holy sites of Shia Muslims, Sufi Muslims, Christians, Yazidis and any other group they oppose as reported extensively by IraqiNews.com:

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UPDATE July 25, 2014:  URGENT: Destruction of Yonus Shrine (Biblical Jonah) protested by Mosul residents. Protest leaders flogged by ISIL.

part 28, The History of the ”Roman” empire, the ancient “Greek” “civilisation” and slavery

Go to 1:15:39 to see construction company destroying newly discovered ruins in St.Petersburg..

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List of destroyed heritage

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_destroyed_heritage

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Here Are the Ancient Sites ISIS Has Damaged and Destroyed

Shocking destruction in the Syrian city of Palmyra is part of the militant group’s ongoing campaign against archaeology.

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http://news.nationalgeographic.com/2015/09/150901-isis-destruction-looting-ancient-sites-iraq-syria-archaeology/

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What ancient artifacts and sites were lost or destroyed during World War II?

  1. The Amber Room – Created in 18th century for Catherine Palace in St. Petersburg, the room was composed of ornate carved amber and was disassembled by the invading German forces when they began the Siege of Leningrad. It was never recovered.
  2. The Hesse Crown Jewels – Looted by American officers that were occupying a Kronberg Castle just after the war. The jewels were removed from their gold settings and the gold was sold in Switzerland for scrap.
  3. Monte Cassino – The abbey, although later rebuilt, was almost completely destroyed during a three-day attack during 1944.
  4. Raphael’s “Portrait of a Young Man” was looted during the Nazi invasion of Poland in 1939 and has never been seen again.
  5. Gustave Coubert’s “The Stone Breakers” was apparently destroyed during the firebombing of Dresden in February 1945.
  6. The Klimt Ceiling Paintings – A series of ceiling paintings that were destroyed by retreating SS troops in Vienna in 1945.
  7. Andrea Mantegna’s ” St. James Led to His Execution” was destroyed by Allied bombers when they attacked the Ovetari Chapel in 1944.

https://www.quora.com/What-ancient-artifacts-and-sites-were-lost-or-destroyed-during-World-War-II

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The second joint publication by SAVE Europe’s Heritage and the Moscow Architecture Preservation Society, while mainly about Moscow, has a chapter on the dire things happening to St Petersburg’s historic architecture also:

http://www.metropolismag.com/pov/20090723/russias-architecture-in-jeopardy

Schusev State Museum of Architecture
Moscow, 5, Vozdvizhenka
July 22, 5 p.m.
 “The study also includes a chapter on St. Petersburg, where more than one hundred buildings have been destroyed over the last six years, even as many were on official state “protected” lists.”
NEW INTERNATIONAL REPORT OUTLINES THREATS TO MOSCOW’S HERITAGE
PLUS INFORMATION ABOUT THREATS TO ST PETERSBURG.

BUILDINGS UNDER THREAT INCLUDE INTERNATIONALLY FAMOUS LANDMARKS: THE BOLSHOI THEATRE, MAYAKOVSKAYA METRO STATION, MONUMENTS OF THE AVANT-GARDE, PLUS BUILDINGS THAT ARE AN INSEPARABLE PART OF MOSCOW’S IDENTITY LIKE CHILDREN’S WORLD DEPARTMENT STORE AND THE CENTRAL HOUSE OF ARTISTS.

REPORT POSSIBLE DUE TO THE SUPPORT OF THE LATE SCHOLAR OF RUSSIAN ARCHITECTURE AND CO-FOUNDER OF DO.CO.MO.MO, CATHERINE COOKE.

The report is a follow up to the 2007 report, which brought the crisis that Moscow’s heritage is undergoing into the centre of national and international attention. Despite the successes of the report, the destruction continues. The scale of the threat is such that a new edition of the report was considered necessary.

The new report details the changes of the last two years – what new losses the city has suffered, which buildings are under continuing or new threat, why this is happening, and also outlines the path for a more sustainable future for the city.

This new report from SAVE Europe’s Heritage and the Moscow Architectural Preservation Society (MAPS), with support from Do.Co.Mo.Mo International, condemns the losses while illustrating the astonishing range of historic building in Moscow, from medieval churches to elegant post-war modernism – all threatened by the furious pace of redevelopment of the city by a coterie of property developers during the tenure of Mayor Yury Luzhkov.

The report will be available on the internet following the presentation on www.maps-moscow.com.

Hundreds protest smashing of ‘Mephistopheles’ in St Petersburg

Protesters denounce removal of antique figure, ripped down by group who said carving encouraged ‘open worship of Satan’

Hundreds of Russians rallied in Saint Petersburg on Sunday after a century-old bas-relief of a mythical demon was destroyed amid fears of increasing religious intolerance under President Vladimir Putin.

Last week, the figure of Mephistopheles was ripped down from the facade of a century-old building in Saint Petersburg. An obscure group calling itself the Cossacks of Saint Petersburg claimed responsibility.

The seemingly religiously-motivated act of vandalism caused an outcry in the former imperial capital and police launched a probe.

The figure of a bat-winged creature on Lakhtinskaya Street dated back to around 1910. By some accounts, the bas-relief paid homage to legendary Russian opera singer Feodor Chaliapin famed for his role of Mephistopheles.

More than a thousand people including architecture preservationists gathered in front of the building in the city center to express their dismay over what activists dubbed a “brazen act of vandalism.”

“Hands off art,” read one placard, while another one said in English: “Save our Saint Petersburg.”

“What happened is awful,” said Anna Astakhova, 35. “If it’s true that the bas-relief was destroyed for religious reasons, then we are descending into the Middle Ages. This is inadmissible.”

Another protester, Galina Vanina, added: “I am an Orthodox Christian myself but I do not support this absurdity.”

“Art cannot offend anyone,” added the 60-year-old woman, calling those who destroyed the figure “vandals.”

A lawmaker with the Yabloko liberal opposition party, Boris Vishnevsky, said the architectural heritage should be protected. “One cannot mistreat the city,” he said.

In an open letter, the Cossacks of Saint Petersburg said the figure encouraged “open worship of Satan” and was unacceptable because it was opposite a church. Established Cossack groups in the city denied any knowledge of this group, however. Cossacks once defended the borders of the Russian empire but now often campaign to promote conservative values.

Police said they had found smashed fragments of the figure in rubbish sacks.

Prosecutors opened a probe into destruction of cultural heritage, which carries a jail term of up to two years.

A spokesman for the powerful Russian Orthodox Church said the attack was an understandable reaction. “Mephistopheles embodies evil in this world and this person decided to act, most likely, to kill Evil,” spokesman Roman Bagdasarov told pro-Kremlin daily Izvestia.

Saint Petersburg famed for its cultural heritage is often called the “northern Palmyra.”

After the destruction of the bas-relief some drew parallels between the Russian vandals and members of the Islamic State in Iraq and the Levant (ISIL) who blew up a temple at Syria’s ancient ruins of Palmyra.

Earlier this month fundamentalist Orthodox activists attacked several exhibits at a show of sculptures in Moscow, saying they offended believers.

The attackers damaged several linocuts by renowned Soviet artist Vadim Sidur that will cost more than 1 million rubles ($15,000) to restore.

Since returning to the presidency for a third term in 2012, Putin has been promoting an unflinchingly conservative agenda in a move aimed at cementing his support among blue-collar workers and elderly Russians, his core backers.

Kremlin critics say that after the seizure of Crimea from Ukraine last year that conservative trend has become disturbingly strong.

Agence France-Presse

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World Heritage Sites.

http://www.britannica.com/topic/World-Heritage-site

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