• 16 Dec

    Eternal Sites: From Bamiyan to Palmyra


    In collaboration with the Musée du Louvre and Iconem, until January 09, 2017, the Grand Palais, will be staging “Eternal Sites: From Bamiyan to Palmyra”, an exhibition that gives prominence to some of the most extraordinary and significant archaeological sites in Afghanistan, Iraq, and Syria.


    The Bamiyan site, in Afghanistan

    Best-known for holding the famous Buddhas of Bamiyan which were destroyed by the Taliban, in March 2001.


    The ancient Assyrian capital of King Sargon II, in Iraq

    The city was founded before 706 BC. It was irreparably damaged by ISIS, on March 8, 2015.


    The Umayyad Mosque, in Syria

    One of the world’s oldest and most important mosques. It was established after the Arab conquest of Damascus, in 634, on the site of a Christian basilica devoted to John the Baptist (considered as a prophet by Muslims).


    The Krak des Chevaliers, in Syria

    An outstanding medieval crusader castle that is classified as one of the country’s most stunning UNESCO World Heritage Sites. It was damaged due to Syrian Civil War and today is inaccessible to the public.


    The site of Palmyra, in Syria

    Known also as Tadmor. Palmyra is an ancient Semitic city that was built in the 2nd millennium BC, in the Syrian Desert. It is located in the war zone and ranked among the endangered sites in the region.


    All of these UNESCO World Heritage Sites were damaged or destroyed because of war and conflict in the Middle East during the last decades. Today, thanks to 3D technologies, Iconem eternalizes these breath-taking inaccessible sites and gives attendees the chance to travel in time and space to discover and explore them.



    Jean-Luc Martinez, president-director of the Musée du Louvre

    Yannick Lintz, director of the Département des Arts de l’Islam of the Musée du Louvre

    Marielle Pic, director of the Département des Antiquités Orientales of the Musée du Louvre

    Scientific documentation:

    Thomas Sagory, Head of Digital Development for the National Archaeological Museum - National domain of Saint-Germain-en-Laye, and in charge of the collection Grands sites archéologiques.


    Whether you are staying at the Hotel Elysees Regencia, the Hotel Bassano, the Hotel Tilsitt Etoile, Hotel Tivoli, or Etoile Park Hotel, consider attending this spectacular exhibition at the Grand Palais.

    The exhibition is for FREE.

    Have a relaxing and pleasant stay our Sister Hotels Champs Elysees Paris!