Palmyra

2500 years of Civilization

While we all applauded the spectacle, the sun sank into the desert hills to the west below as we stood in the Fakhr-al-Din al-Maani Castle .

Sunset Palmrya
Sunset Palmrya

 

To the east, immediately underneath the castle, was the city of Palmyra,

City of Palmrya
City of Palmrya

its multi civilization buildings glowing.

Temple of Baal Palmrya
Temple of Baal Palmrya

Greek, Nabataean, Roman & Mamluk structures in Palmyra reflect the importance of the site which straddled trade and invasion routes.

Roman Water Pipes Colonnaded-Street Palmyra
Roman Water Pipes Colonnaded-Street Palmyra

Syria for me was an extraordinary country and fortune favoured me to visit it in the early 2000s.

Author: Tony Walsh

Book author including the current Bradt guide to Oman – edition 4