Palmyra

True or false? The Temple of Bel, Palmyra, before and after its destruction at the hands of Islamic State

Why confront the ugly lie of Islamic State with a tacky fake?

28 May 2016 9:00 am

There is fakery in the air. And maybe the French are done with deconstruction. A drone operated by a French…

Portrait of the week

2 April 2016 9:00 am

Home The Indian company Tata decided to sell its entire steel business in Britain, putting more than 15,000 jobs in…

The Tower of Babel by Lucas van Valckenborch, 1591

The buildings we treasure most are often the ones we’ve never seen

14 November 2015 9:00 am

Here are two books which have almost nothing in common: form, function, source material, methodology, all utterly different. The surprise…

‘Early Morning at the Kumbh Mela, Allahabad, India’, 1989, by Don McCullin

Don McCullin interview: ‘I take more than I bring. That’s not a role I’m proud of’

26 September 2015 8:00 am

The thing that the photojournalist Don McCullin likes best of all now, he tells me, is to stand on Hadrian’s…

Meet the men taking up arms to protect the Middle East’s ancient treasures

12 September 2015 9:00 am

Leptis Magna was deserted when I last visited — no wonder. Tourists daren’t visit Libya these days and so I…

Portrait of the week

5 September 2015 9:00 am

Home The Government decided after all to retain the rules preventing ministers and their departments from publishing campaign material, ‘with…

Mercenaries could transform the fight against Isis – if we let them

30 May 2015 9:00 am

Last Sunday Isis raised their black flag over Palmyra. Below the flag, in the days that followed, the usual carnage…

Smash Isis now – or we’ll all pay later

30 May 2015 9:00 am

For months, the White House has been saying that it has Isis on the run. Yet each week the world…