Over the past few years the Islamic State has destroyed dozens of important historical monuments in Iraq and Syria. Fortunately we live in a digital age, when almost anything of importance exists in multiple digital copies. For several important Iraqi sites we have thorough photographic documentation, thanks to Iraqi historian Amir Harrak, now a professor in Toronto. Using Harrak's images, the Canadian Center for Epigraphic Documents has begun creating an online database of lost artworks and inscriptions. These images come from the Monastery of Mar Benham, constructed in the sixth century. Above, the Martyrium, which holds the relics of Mar (Saint) Benham and his sister Sara.
Tomb of the Saint.
The Virgin's Vault, dating to the thirteenth century and including mystical inscriptions in Syriac and Arabic.