Ancient city of Palmyra

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Palmyra, Syria

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Unique city of the dessert Jul 05, 2007
The ancient city of Palmyra is located in the in the dry Syrian dessert. It was centered around an old oasis which meant the area would flourish and become a major stop on the Silk Route to Asia. It was an important city in early times and it was an important part in the Seleucid kingdom until Pompeii concurred the kingdom in 64 BC and created the Roman province of Syria - though he left Palmyra independent. The city was rich enough to be interesting for the Romans so in 14 AD Tiberius included the city in the empire. The major parts of the old town were built during the Roman rule and has been left behind in the dessert.

Till this day there is still a living city around the oasis in Palmyra with some date palms growing to give some income to the farmers in the area.

The city was big and because of its remote location there is no fence around the city. Hence you can go in from the street and see the amazing columns of the columns street with no fee - only the major temples required an entrance fee to go in and have a look at the old structures.

The location in the middle of nowhere and the lack of tourist making it all the way to this destination meant it was an amazing place just to stroll around and enjoy the history of the city. The columns are very well preserved probably partly due to the lack of water in the area so the old stones didn’t deteriorate due to rain and frost.

Unfortunately the current Syrian civil war is taking a toll on not only the people of Syrian but also on this one amazing monument. ISIS has currently destroyed several of the temples of the city including the major temple of Bel. Hence future travelers going to this area after the war is finally over will not have a change to enjoy these historic monuments.
Temple of Bel - destroyed by ISIS …
Small temple - probably destroyed …
Small temple - probably destroyed …
Small temple - probably destroyed …
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vicIII says:
I remember reading about the tragedy of this place... Thanks for your story and excellent photographs...
Posted on: Feb 22, 2017
vances says:
Recently read a somber book discussing the motivations for this terrible type of ruination --> "Th Destruction of Memory: Architecture at War" by Robert Bevan...

Posted on: Sep 10, 2015
vulindlela says:
Posted on: Sep 10, 2015
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