Soldiers celebrate a Catholic Easter Mass at St. Elijah's Monastery on the outskirts of Mosul, Iraq in 2010.
The 27,000-square-foot stone and mortar building was missing most of its roof, but it had 26 distinctive rooms including a sanctuary and chapel.
— Staff Sgt. Russell Lee Klika / U.S. Army via AP
Visitors stand at the entrance to the ruins of St. Elijah’s Monastery in 2009.
"Bulldozers, heavy equipment, sledgehammers, possibly explosives turned those stone walls into this field of gray-white dust. They destroyed it completely," Stephen Wood said from his Colorado offices.
— Carmichael Yepez / U.S. Army via AP
U.S. soldiers look out towards the city of Mosul, from the top of the stairwell at the monastery.
— Sgt. Mitch Armbruster / U.S. Army via AP
Suzanne Bott leads a tour at St. Elijah's monastery in 2009. Bott spent more than two years surveying and restoring the site as a U.S. State Department cultural adviser in Iraq.
— Mary Prophit / U.S. Army via AP
Cracks line the walls of the ancient sanctuary in 2008.