This photograph of the ancient Semitic city of Palmyra was taken before the devastating civil war in Syria began. I recall sitting atop a mountain at sunset, looking down and thinking this has to be one of the most incredible places I have ever seen. It beggars belief why anyone would want to destroy such an incredible site.

Although some positive news has emerged from Syria that large parts of Palmyra are still intact, the true extent of any devastation remains to be seen.

Ancient Palmyra in Syria


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