Temple of Bel, Palmyra, Syria (destroyed in 2015) © Bernard Gagnon
From December 14th, 2016, through January 09th, 2017, the Grand Palais will present “ Eternal Sites: From Bamiyan to Palmyra. A Journey to the Heart of Universal Heritage ”, an exhibition organized by the Réunion des Musées Nationaux – Grand Palais and the Louvre Museum, in partnership with the Iconem.
“ From Bamiyan to Palmyra. A Journey to the Heart of Universal Heritage ” offers a unique opportunity for attendees to discover some of the greatest and most important archaeological sites in the Middle East that are listed among the endangered sites and today inaccessible because of war including:
The ancient Assyrian capital of King Sargon II, which was built in the decade preceding 706 BC, at Khorsabad (Known before as Dur-Sharrukin), in Iraq.
The site of Palmyra (also known as Tadmor), an ancient Semitic city founded in the 2nd millennium BC and located in the Syrian Desert.
The Umayyad Mosque (also called the Great Mosque of Damascus), established on the site of a Christian basilica dedicated to John the Baptist (Yahya), who is regarded as a prophet by Muslims. It is situated in the old city of Damascus, in Syria and considered one of the world’s largest and oldest mosques.
The Bamiyan, in Afghanistan, the valley where the two Buddhas of Bamiyan, which were dynamited and destroyed in March 2001 by the Taliban, were located.
The Krak des Chavaliers, one of the greatest and most amazing crusader castles in the Levant, and which is located in the Syria.
The exhibition is curated by:
Jean-Luc Martinez, president-director of the Louvre Museum
Yannick Lintz, director of the Département des Arts de l’Islam of the Louvre Museum
Marielle Pic, director of the Département des Antiquités Orientales of the Louvre Museum
Thomas Sagory, Head of Digital Development for the National Archaeological Museum - National domain of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, and in charge of the collection Grands sites archéologiques.
Interested in attending this special exhibition? Don’t hesitate to pay it a visit!
Oh! By the way, the exhibition is for FREE! ;) Just mark it on your calendar and have a wonderful journey to the heart of universal heritage! :)