Before and after images of the Umayyad Mosque, Aleppo. Photographs: Alamy, Corbis
 
Martin Chulov , writing in The Guardian on Sunday, 26 January 2014, presents a depressing picture (in before and after photographs) of the destruction of Syria’s architectural heritage –
 
The war in Syria has claimed more than 130,000 lives and, as these images reveal, it is also laying waste to its historic buildings and Unesco-listed sites.
 
They were sleepy tree-lined boulevards where people lived and worked, time-worn markets where they came to trade and exquisitely detailed mosques where, throughout the ages, they prayed. All now stand in ruins, ravaged by a war that is not only killing generations of Syrians but also eradicating all around them, including sites that have stood since the dawn of civilisation. Across Syria, where a seemingly unstoppable war is about to enter a third year, a heritage built over 5,000 years or more is being steadily buried under rubble.
 
Full article here.