From March to September 2018, the exhibition ‘Between Aleppo and Mosul’ will highlight the cultural destruction in Syria and Iraq and present this destruction with photo material from both countries at NIOD Institute in Amsterdam.

A still of the explosion of Baalshamin Temple in Palmyra perpetrated by the Islamic State. Source: ISIS propaganda video, 23 August 2015

Iraq and Syria are two closely related societies that have been sunk since 2003 and 2011 in highly destructive civil wars. Although the human toll has rightly received a lot of attention, both conflicts have also caused enormous damage to the invaluable heritage of both countries, from both the ancient period and Christian and Islamic traditions.

Aleppo and Mosul offer two examples of the broad cultural destruction in Syria and Iraq. All that remains of Aleppo’s old city are piles of rubble, a shadow of the rich heritage the ancient city used to offer, and a similar picture can be painted for Mosul. But beyond the two cities, both Syria and Iraq have many other sites that were damaged or destroyed in the past years. This exhibition highlights that destruction.

Entrance is free

Adress: NIOD, Herengracht 380 in Amsterdam, the Netherlands.


Dr. Uğur Ümit Üngör, Department of History, Utrecht University and NIOD:

Nour A. Munawar, Amsterdam School of Heritage, Memory and Material Culture, University of Amsterdam