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To the local, Palmyra is Tadmor, a small town in the middle of Syrian dessert, Northeast of Damascus; at the junction between Baghdad, Damascus and Aleppo. Palmyra was an established caravan oasis when it came under Roman control in the mid-first century AD, as part of the Roman province of Syria. Its importance was because of the trade route linking Persia, India and China with the Roman Empire, marking the crossroad for several civilisations in the ancient world.

Its discovery in the modern history in the 17th and 18th century AD then contributed to the revival of classical architectural styles and urban design in the West.

Today Palmyra is listed as a UNESCO’s World Heritage Sites, however, this is also in the middle of war zone, thus makes it one of so many Syrian important historical sites that is bound to disappear due to human anger.

This photo gallery conclude my post series on Syria. I still have so many photo and stories of my overland travel through Syria and Jordan, which I share it as a book.


  1. I’ve been there once, Amazing how you feel out of history when you are in this place.. you can see queen Zanobia and those ancient battles. nice photos for a great place


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  3. Geoffrey Stacy

    Yes, the sense of ancient history is so strong right throughout Syria. My wife and I saw many of the famous historical sites back in 1963, including Palmyra. She passed away in January this year and I am writing about our life together. Could I please use one of your illustrations (with an acknowledgement) when I mention Palmyra? With thanks in anticipation, Yours sincerely, Geoffrey Stacy


    • Hello Geoffrey, I am sorry to hear about your wife and yes you can use any of my Syrian photos (with an acknowledgment) and yes Palmyra is a very special world heritage area and a great shame that it’s been largely destroyed. I am very happy to assist you in your plan to create a memory to your wife of your life and travels together.



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