Satellite imagery shows that ISIS has destroyed the 1400-year-old monastery, the oldest Christian monastery in Iraq. (Photo by Gregory Rec/Portland Press Herald via Getty Images)

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Iraq’s Oldest Monastery is Lost Forever

The only things that remain of the monastery of St. Elijah are a few ruins and photographs.

The monastery of St. Elijah in Mosul was used as refugee center after the First World War, and since then, has always been related to war conflicts. It was built in the 6th century by Assyrian monks. In the middle of the 18th century, the monks were ordered to leave by Persian invaders. They did not, and 150 of them were killed. In past years, it has been used by universities and visited by pilgrims from the area. But it was razed in 2014 by the Islamic State. However, this destruction was only reported in mid-January 2016.

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