SIX OF THE BEST… LOST TREASURES
These monuments and artefacts have either been destroyed or stolen
1 LIBRARY OF ALEXANDRIA, EGYPT
Once the greatest library of the ancient world, it suffered many fires and acts of destruction, including an invasion by Aurelian during Rome’s war with Zenobia of Palmyra.
2 GLASGOW SCHOOL OF ART, SCOTLAND
Founded in 1845 as one of the UK’s most prominent art institutions, fires in 2014 and 2018 caused considerable damage, including the destruction of its renowned library.
3 AMBER ROOM, RUSSIA
Decorated panels from golden this room in the Catherine Palace were looted by the Nazis. As with so many artefacts stolen during World War II, their whereabouts remain unknown.
4 OLD SUMMER PALACE, CHINA
This imperial 18th-century complex of palaces and gardens in Beijing was destroyed during the Second Opium War. It was so large it allegedly took three days to burn down.
5 BUDDHAS OF BAMIYAN, AFGHANISTAN
Built century, sandstone in the these cliff fifth figures were once the tallest standing Buddha statues in the world. They were destroyed by the Taliban in 2001.
6 MONBIJOU PALACE, GERMANY
This late-Baroque palace in the heart of Berlin was bombed heavily during World War II before being finally razed to the ground by the authorities of East Berlin in 1959.