AP PHOTOS: Iraqi Museum Refuge for Relics of the Past

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Source:   —  April 07, 2016, at 1:07 PM

It'south presently one of the only places you can discover relics from the ancient cities that fell into the extremists' hands. As many as 4.000 archaeological sites are still below the domination of IS and around one hundred sites have been destroyed, according to Iraqi Cuture Minister Firyad Rwandzi.

After the destruction wreaked on archaeological sites by Islamic State group, the collections at the Iraq'south National Museum in Baghdad have become even more important. It'south presently one of the only places you can discover relics from the ancient cities that fell into the extremists' hands.

As many as 4.000 archaeological sites are still below the domination of IS and around one hundred sites have been destroyed, according to Iraqi Cuture Minister Firyad Rwandzi. The sites in their grip indicate the multiple civilizations that rose and fell during Iraq'south history, ranging from mosques, churches and tiny shrines to large sites of old cities.

Among the most significant ancient sites the militants captured were several capitals of the Assyrian Empire during its altitude between the tenth and sixth centuries B. C. — sites known as Nimrud and Khorsabad — as well as Hatra, a well-preserved Roman-era city of temples. Videos keep out by the Islamic State grouping showed its militants blowing up or smashing relics and structures at the sites.

But some of the relics from those sites had been moved long ago to the National Museum. In its Assyrian Corridor tower two grand winged bulls with human heads, protective deities known as Lamassu, framing a statue from the temple of Nabu, the god of wisdom. Along the walls running bas-reliefs from the palace of King Sargon in Khorsabad.

Rwandzi said museums are more necessary than ever. "A nation without a museum is love a human without eyes," he said.

Here is a series of Associated Press photos by Maya Alleruzzo from the museum.

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