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In pictures: Syria's landmarks erased by war
Two years after the start of the uprising, much of the country is unrecognisable.
Last Modified: 15 Mar 2013 18:52

Since the spring of 2011, many provinces of this country have been turned into war zones, destroyed both by government shelling and fighting between the army and rebels. Al Jazeera has gathered pictures of some of the nation's landmarks - before the uprising, and as they are today.


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The Grand Mosque in Douma is one of the largest mosques in the suburbs of Damascus. It was first built in 1136 but later demolished and rebuilt in 1983.


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Many anti-government protests emerged from this mosque after the uprising began two years ago. The establishment was later hit by mortars on several occasions.


Homs City Friend\'s Club/Facebook
Dablan street was Homs' equivalent of the Champs Elysee in Paris. It was the city's most vibrant district, packed with both high-end clothes shops and cheap restaurants.


Homs City Friend\'s Club/Facebook
Most of the shops have now been robbed and burned. Regime snipers located at the entrance of Dablan have prevented residents from passing through the street.


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Homs city centre mall, located in the commercial district, has been heavily damaged by the fighting between regime forces and rebels.


Young Homsi Lense/
The once-bustling district became a scene for large anti-government protests and was later the frontline separating rebel-held areas and government-controlled neighbourhoods.


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Al-Mahatta in Deraa was a shopping street where people went to buy vegetables, meat, and other basic supplies.


Young Hourani Lense/Facebook
A car bomb exploded here in January, turning the area into a ghost town.


GETTY/AFP
Aleppo's ancient market, recognised by UNESCO as a world heritage site...


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... was badly damaged by a blaze that started on September 28, 2012, destroying much of the souq as rebel forces clashed with Syrian government troops.


Syria Truth/Facebook
Dar Zamaria was a four-star boutique hotel in Aleppo that had been restored from an Ottoman home traced back to the 17th century.


Syria Truth/Facebook
The historic establishment has been damaged by the fighting in Aleppo's old district.



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The Grand Mosque in Douma is one of the largest mosques in the suburbs of Damascus. It was first built in 1136 but later demolished and rebuilt in 1983. ;*;Many anti-government protests emerged from this mosque after the uprising began two years ago. The establishment was later hit by mortars on several occasions. ;*;Dablan street was Homs(***) equivalent of the Champs Elysee in Paris. It was the city(***)s most vibrant district, packed with both high-end clothes shops and cheap restaurants. ;*;Most of the shops have now been robbed and burned. Regime snipers located at the entrance of Dablan have prevented residents from passing through the street. ;*;Homs city centre mall, located in the commercial district, has been heavily damaged by the fighting between regime forces and rebels. ;*;The once-bustling district became a scene for large anti-government protests and was later the frontline separating rebel-held areas and government-controlled neighbourhoods. ;*;Al-Mahatta in Deraa was a shopping street where people went to buy vegetables, meat, and other basic supplies. ;*;A car bomb exploded here in January, turning the area into a ghost town.;*;Aleppo(***)s ancient market, recognised by UNESCO as a world heritage site...;*;... was badly damaged by a blaze that started on September 28, 2012, destroying much of the souq as rebel forces clashed with Syrian government troops.;*;Dar Zamaria was a four-star boutique hotel in Aleppo that had been restored from an Ottoman home traced back to the 17th century. ;*;The historic establishment has been damaged by the fighting in Aleppo(***)s old district. Daylife ID:
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Syria - Two years of destructionhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1363340818423en-usAl Jazeerafeedback@daylife.com10Fri, 15 Mar 2013 09:46:59 GMTFri, 15 Mar 2013 11:04:00 GMTDouma Grand Mosquehttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1363340818423?image_id=04S76txfCv5g7The Grand Mosque in Douma is one of the largest mosques in the suburbs of Damascus. It was first built in 1136 but later demolished and rebuilt in 1983. Fri, 15 Mar 2013 10:41:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1363340818423?image_id=04S76txfCv5g7Young Damascene LenseAl Jazeera Upload ImagesThe Grand Mosque in Douma is one of the largest mosques in the suburbs of Damascus. It was first built in 1136 but later demolished and rebuilt in 1983. Douma Grand MosqueDouma Grand Mosquehttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1363340818423?image_id=01nYf8v7pRbGrMany anti-government protests came out from this mosque after the uprising began two years ago. The establishment was later hit by mortars on several occasions. Fri, 15 Mar 2013 10:41:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1363340818423?image_id=01nYf8v7pRbGrYoung Damascene LenseAl Jazeera Upload ImagesMany anti-government protests came out from this mosque after the uprising began two years ago. The establishment was later hit by mortars on several occasions. Douma Grand MosqueDablan Street Homshttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1363340818423?image_id=0ev1eGX43CgFjDablan street was Homs' equivalent of Champs Elysee in Paris. It was the city‚??s most vibrant district, packed with both high-end clothes shops and cheap restaurants. Fri, 15 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1363340818423?image_id=0ev1eGX43CgFjHoms City Friend's ClubFacebookAl Jazeera Upload ImagesDablan street was Homs' equivalent of Champs Elysee in Paris. It was the city‚??s most vibrant district, packed with both high-end clothes shops and cheap restaurants. Dablan Street HomsHoms Dablan Streethttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1363340818423?image_id=04xddav3gRaqCMost of the shops have now been robbed and burned. Regime snipers located at the entrance of Dablan have prevented residents from passing through the street. Fri, 15 Mar 2013 10:41:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1363340818423?image_id=04xddav3gRaqCHoms City Friend's ClubFacebookAl Jazeera Upload ImagesMost of the shops have now been robbed and burned. Regime snipers located at the entrance of Dablan have prevented residents from passing through the street. Homs Dablan StreetHoms City Centrehttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1363340818423?image_id=00047vIdvndu6Homs city centre mall, located the commercial district, has been heavily damaged by the fighting between regime forces and rebels. Fri, 15 Mar 2013 10:40:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1363340818423?image_id=00047vIdvndu6Al Jazeera Upload ImagesHoms city centre mall, located the commercial district, has been heavily damaged by the fighting between regime forces and rebels. Homs City CentreHoms City Centrehttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1363340818423?image_id=03ROcPfa4dfRsThe once-bustling district became a scene for large anti-government protests and later the frontline separating rebel-held areas and government-controlled neighbourhoods. Fri, 15 Mar 2013 10:41:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1363340818423?image_id=03ROcPfa4dfRsYoung Homsi LenseAl Jazeera Upload ImagesThe once-bustling district became a scene for large anti-government protests and later the frontline separating rebel-held areas and government-controlled neighbourhoods. Homs City CentreDeraa Mahatta Streethttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1363340818423?image_id=055fbEI4EDaEaAl-Mahatta in Deraa was a shopping street where people went there to buy vegetables, meat, and other basic supplies. Fri, 15 Mar 2013 10:41:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1363340818423?image_id=055fbEI4EDaEaAl Jazeera Upload ImagesAl-Mahatta in Deraa was a shopping street where people went there to buy vegetables, meat, and other basic supplies. Deraa Mahatta StreetDeraa Mahatta Streethttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1363340818423?image_id=0dj8b9y11A4qpA car bomb exploded there in January, turning the area into a ghost town.Fri, 15 Mar 2013 10:40:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1363340818423?image_id=0dj8b9y11A4qpYoung Hourani LenseFacebookAl Jazeera Upload ImagesA car bomb exploded there in January, turning the area into a ghost town.Deraa Mahatta StreetAleppo Souqhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1363340818423?image_id=01Xf5fJd211GzAleppo‚??s ancient market, recognised by UNESCO as a world heritage site...Fri, 15 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1363340818423?image_id=01Xf5fJd211GzGETTYAFPAl Jazeera Upload ImagesAleppo‚??s ancient market, recognised by UNESCO as a world heritage site...Aleppo SouqAleppo Souqhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1363340818423?image_id=0dtOaFq4kHdBS... was badly damaged by a blaze that started on September 28, 2012, destroying much of the souq as rebel forces clashed with Syrian government troops.Fri, 15 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1363340818423?image_id=0dtOaFq4kHdBSGETTYAFPAl Jazeera Upload Images... was badly damaged by a blaze that started on September 28, 2012, destroying much of the souq as rebel forces clashed with Syrian government troops.Aleppo SouqAleppo Hotelhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1363340818423?image_id=0g0E0fj1PTeSLDar Zamaria was a four-star boutique hotel in Aleppo that had been restored from an Ottoman home traced back to the 17th century. Fri, 15 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1363340818423?image_id=0g0E0fj1PTeSLSyria TruthFacebookAl Jazeera Upload ImagesDar Zamaria was a four-star boutique hotel in Aleppo that had been restored from an Ottoman home traced back to the 17th century. Aleppo HotelAleppo Hotelhttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1363340818423?image_id=07ItgD09fJ1WPThe historic establishment has been damaged by the fighting in Aleppo‚??s old district.Fri, 15 Mar 2013 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/1363340818423?image_id=07ItgD09fJ1WPSyria TruthFacebookAl Jazeera Upload ImagesThe historic establishment has been damaged by the fighting in Aleppo‚??s old district.Aleppo Hotel

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