Palmyra

Described as a noble city, this oasis was renowned for its rich soil and pleasant streams. Ancient Palmyra was an important stop for caravans traversing the Syrian Desert.

c. 1800 B.C.E. - 272 C.E.

Palmyra: the modern destruction of an ancient city
Palmyra: the modern destruction of an ancient city

Terrorists overran Palmyra twice despite international cries for protection, sowing irreversible destruction.

Temple of Baalshamin, Palmyra
Temple of Baalshamin, Palmyra

A hybrid of eastern and western design, this temple showcased the cultural diversity and great wealth of Palmyra.

Palmyrene Funerary Portraiture
Palmyrene Funerary Portraiture

At the crossroads of East and West, the caravan city of Palmyra was a melting pot of culture.

Temple of Bel, Palmyra
Temple of Bel, Palmyra

Drawing from Greco-Roman and Eastern architecture, this temple was one of history’s great architectural achievements.

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