On October 5, 2015 media outlets reported that the 2,000 year-old Roman Arch of Triumph in the ancient city of Palmyra was blown up by ISIL militants.
Located in the Syrian desert, north east of Damascus, Palmyra has always been considered a magnificent and unique historical site which stood at the crossroads of several civilizations. The architecture of the once great city contained elements of Greek, Roman and Persian styles.
The United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) deplored the destruction of the famous Arch of Triumph by ISIL terrorists.
"Palmyra symbolizes everything that extremists abhor; cultural diversity, intercultural dialogue, the encounter of different peoples in this center of trading between Europe and Asia," Director-General of the UNESCO Irina Bokova said as quoted by the organization's official site.
Interestingly, ISIL's barbarous act immediately stirred a wave a deep sorrow among thousands of Russian social network users.
One of the posts dedicated to the issue was shared on Facebook and immediately went viral. For instance, Facebook user Galyna Gavrylenko received thousands of likes and shares when she attached a photo of the cover of an old Russian history school book for 5th graders depicting the famous Palmyra Arch of Triumph.
"Those who studied history using this textbook raise your hands," Galyna wrote, adding that the news of Palmyra's destruction has obviously left many in Russia with a heavy heart.
According to UNESCO, the Arch of Triumph was erected by Septimius Severus between 193 and 211 AD. It was located between the Great Colonnade and the Temple of Bel, which was also destroyed this year by Islamic State jihadists.