The Great Mosque of Samarra, Iraq
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Kieron Monks, for CNN, reports on the damage and destruction of nineteen heritage sites you’ll now never see. The first –

Once the largest mosque in the world, built in the 9th century on the Tigris River north of Baghdad. The mosque is famous for the Malwiya Tower, a 52-meter minaret with spiralling ramps for worshipers to climb. Among Iraq’s most important sites, it even featured on banknotes. The site was bombed in 2005, in an insurgent attack on a NATO position, destroying the top of the minaret and surrounding walls.

See and read about the other eighteen sites here.