Islamic State blows up 2,000-year-old temple of Baal Shamin in ancient Syrian city.

The Temple of Baalshamin dominated Palmyra
The Temple of Baalshamin dominated Palmyra

Historians and archaeologists have expressed anger and growing despair after Islamic State released propaganda images purporting to show militants blowing up the 2,000-year-old temple of Baal Shamin in the historic Syrian city of Palmyra.

The images posted on social media on Tuesday by supporters of the group and reported by Associated Press showed the temple reduced to a pile of rocks. One caption read: “The complete destruction of the pagan Baal Shamin temple.”

The temple of Baal Shamin was built in the first century AD, a house of worship dedicated to the Phoenician god of storms and the sky, who evolved into a major deity worshipped during the time of Queen Zenobia and her husband Septimius Odaenathus, the King of Kings of Palmyra.

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