SIX OF THE BEST… LOST TREA­SURES

These mon­u­ments and arte­facts have ei­ther been de­stroyed or stolen

History Revealed - - REWIND -

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.

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