Old Aleppo and its Great Mosque are but memories the butchers of cities left to us?

I have written a lot about the annihilation of the Syrian Cities  and the destruction of Syria’s cultural heritage, mainly by the regime’s air borne, Sarin free, weapons of mass destruction: missiles, fighter jets, helicopter gunships and the  like. This is not to absolve the involvement of some rebel fighters who were fighting or took refuge in the historic Old city and its monuments. Never the less, it is annihilation and death raining from the skies and heavy artillery that destroys indiscriminately, absolutely  and totally.

The picture below are copyrighted by the citizen journalists and  photographers who took them and by the organization which has kindly granted me permission to use them:

Protect Syrian Archaeology حماية الآثار السورية©

They describe the Great Mosque of Aleppo, finished in 717 AD, and its surroundings as they lay in ruins after it was bombarded, set fire to then shelled with heavy and light artillery until its historic minaret collapsed.

For further information about the annihilation of the Old City of Aleppo, please see:

https://alisariram.wordpress.com/2013/04/08/bearing-witness-the-destruction-of-the-great-city-of-aleppo-part-two/

https://alisariram.wordpress.com/bearing-witness-the-destruction-of-the-old-city-of-aleppo-the-second-oldest-city-in-the-world-part-three-continued/

The Great Omayyad Misque

The Great Omayyad Mosque

The Great Omayyad Mosque

The Great Omayyad Mosque

Omayyad Mosque in ruins

Omayyad Mosque in ruins

Omayyad Mosque reduced to ugly pitiful ruins

Omayyad Mosque reduced to ugly pitiful ruins

Omayyad Mosque

Omayyad Mosque

Omayyd Mosque

Omayyad Mosque

The great Omayyad Mosque

The great Omayyad Mosque

After the terrible destruction suffered by the mosque attempts were made by the archaeologists on the ground under the supervision of the Governate of Aleppo to save and protect some remaining landmarks of the mosque like the shrine of the Prophet Zakaria, the pulpit, the Miharb and the sundial outside in the severely damaged courtyard.

Protecting the shrine of the Prophet Zakaria

Protecting the shrine of the Prophet Zakaria by building a brick wall

Building a wall to protect the Miharab

Building a brick wall to protect the Miharab

Protecting the sundial with a brick structure

Protecting the sundial with a brick structure

About alisariram

I am an artist, a writer and a researcher. I know Arabic and English . I am interested in music and art of every description. I like to describe myself as the embodiment of a harmonious marriage between two cultures which I value and treasure.
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