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Remembering Palmyra

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I'm posting just in case anyone is interested, it seems timely.

We visited Syria in 2011 and at the time I posted a trip report Fodors. Anyway, with the news this week of the destruction of one of the temples at Palmyra and torture and execution of the 82 year old archeologist and curator Khaled al-Assad, I took another look at my photos.

Palmyra was such a magnificent site when we visited, a fascinating Roman outpost on the edge of the desert. It really gave us a sense for the breadth of Roman power and the interesting syncretism in both decoration and religious rituals which could be found on the margins of the Empire.

So for anyone who is interested in Syria or seeing the majesty of Palmyra, I've posted some photos as an homage to the forty years of work Khaled al-Assad spent restoring and protecting the city.

http://www.somuchmoretosee.com/2015/08/remembering-palmyra.html

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