An oasis in the Syrian desert, north-east of Damascus, Palmyra contains the monumental ruins of a great city that was one of the most important cultural centres of the ancient world. From the 1st to the 2nd century, the art and architecture of Palmyra, standing at the crossroads of several civilizations, married Graeco-Roman techniques with local traditions and Persian influences.

in the Syrian desert, north-east of Damascus, Palmyra contains the monumental ruins of an ancient city

July 2006 Temple of Baal-Shamin Temple of Baal-Shamin, the Lord of the Heavens in Semitic pantheon, responsible for rain and fecundity. Temple was dated ca. AD 17 and its cella dated AD 130. It was completelly restored in 1954-6 by Swiss archeologists.

July 2006 Temple of Baal-Shamin Temple of Baal-Shamin, the Lord of the Heavens in Semitic pantheon, responsible for rain and fecundity. Temple was dated ca. AD 17 and its cella dated AD It was completelly restored in by Swiss archeologists.

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The Ancient Roman city of Palmyra, Syria. It's so depressingly sad that ISIS had to destroy this beautiful ancient city!

Before Isis Destruction:Palmyra: a stunning ancient city under threat from Isis – in pictures

How the ancient city of Palmyra looked before the fighting – in pictures

Roman theatre This unfinished theatre dates back to the century CE, when Palmyra was once one of the most important cultural centres of the ancient world. In the century it was restored and used as a venue for the annual Palmyra festival Photograph: Alamy

Palmyra, Syria.  The roman ruins with the medieval fort in the back drop.

Palmyra was an ancient city in central Syria. It had long been a vital caravan stop for travellers crossing the Syrian desert and was known as the Bride of the Desert. by tango-

Palmyra was once a part of the vast Roman Empire and one of the richest cities in the Near East. Some say the city dates back to the times of King SolomonThe transfer of goods and knowledge flowed along the Silk Road from the depths of Asia Minor to the Mediterranean ports, and the city's strength was founded on both its strategic location and the taxes demanded of all who wished to travel safely across her domains.

The Ruins of Palmyra, a World Heritage site in Syria, closed by ISIS forces today who have plans to destroy the site.

The Roman Theatre, Palmyra, syria

Palmyra is no more - it withstood tooth of time for 2 millenia, but could not withstand stupidity of century imbeciles. Proof that bacon and consented sex are good for the soul

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