Rmn-Grand Palais and the Musée du Louvre are working together, under the distinguished patronage of UNESCO, to present a free exhibition that allows an exploration or the rediscovery of important archaeological sites that are now inaccessible: Khorsabad, Palmyra, the Umayyad Mosque in Damascus and Kerak Castle, Universal Heritage sites that are now speci cally under threat from conflicts in Afghanistan and the Middle East. This exhibition is organised by Réunion des Musées Nationaux – Grand Palais and the Musée du Louvre, in collaboration with Iconem.
In March 2001, the world watched with dismay as the giant statues of Buddha in Bayiman (Afghanistan) were deliberately destroyed. In 2015, the site of Palmyra (Syria) suffered extensive destruction, and other major archaeological sites in the Middle East — that had borne witness to brilliant civilizations — have since been threatened by conflict, looting, and demolition. They are, as a result, inaccessible.
We would like to thank all the people who have contributed to the construction of this journey through "Eternal Sites" and those who have given us valuable time and information as well as permission to reproduce their documentation.