The fate of the temple of Bel is a symbol of the tragedy engulfing Syria

The temple was a treasure of incalculable value that stood as a monument to religious accommodation. No wonder Isis hated it

‘The temple of Bel was (and how it stabs the heart to be obliged to use the past tense here) a monument fit to be ranked alongside the Parthenon or the Pantheon as one of the supreme architectural treasures to have survived from classical antiquity.’ Photograph: Gustau Nacarino/Reuters

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