Ancient Mediterranean

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.

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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