St Elijah’s stood on a hill near the northern city of Mosul for 1,400 years.
AP has confirmed that the 1,400-year-old St. Elijah’s Monastery of Mosul has been completely destroyed by the group. Satellite imagery provided to AP reveals that the site has quite literally pulverized by ISIS members using, in the words of analyst Stephen Wood, “Bulldozers, heavy equipment, sledgehammers, possibly explosives,” to destroy the site “completely.”
The destruction of the monastery is a blow for US troops and advisers who served in Iraq and had tried to protect and honor the site, a hopeful endeavor in a violent place and time.
Suzanne Bott, who spent more than two years restoring St. Elijah’s Monastery as a US State Department cultural adviser in Iraq, teared up when the AP showed her the images. “Oh, no way. It’s just razed completely,” said Bott. “What we lose is a very tangible reminder of the roots of a religion.”
- ISIS destroys 1,400-year-old Mosul monastery (rudaw.net)
- ‘The stone walls have been literally pulverized’: ISIL razes 1,400-year-old Christian monastery, the oldest in Iraq (news.nationalpost.com)
- ISIS obliterates Iraq’s oldest Christian monastery(nypost.com)